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When is National Kitten Day 2023? How To Celebrate

Kristin Hitchcock

By Kristin Hitchcock

american shorthair kitten

In the United States, National Kitten Day is on July 10th. It was founded in 2008 to celebrate the cuteness of kittens. Plus, the day also raises awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering your cats, which helps prevent overpopulation. Every kitten deserves a loving home, but that can’t happen if there are too many kittens.

Celebrating this day is completely up to you, though. It isn’t widely recognized, which means that there aren’t tons of public celebrations. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate.

How to Celebrate National Kitten Day

There are many ways to celebrate National Kitten Day. Here are some potential options:

  • Adopt a kitten. Adopting a kitten is one of the best ways to celebrate this day. However, this assumes you have enough room in your life for a kitten.
  • You can also volunteer at a shelter if you cannot adopt a kitten yourself. This helps socialize the kitten and helps take care of homeless kittens. Shelters are often not well-staffed, so volunteers are usually sought after.
  • You can also donate money to the shelter, as they are in constant need of money to feed and shelter homeless kittens.
  • Share on social media. You can encourage others to donate and volunteer by posting about this day on social media. You can also share information about spaying and neutering in your area.
  • Take a kitten selfie. If you have a kitten, now is the day to celebrate them. Consider taking a picture with them and posting it on social media. You can include information about adopting kittens or donating, too.
frightened kitten in the arms of the physician of the shelter
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Why is Spaying and Neutering Your Kitten Important?

This day partially spreads information about spaying and neutering your kitten. This optional procedure is extremely important for many different reasons.

Firstly, it helps control overpopulation. Unless they are spayed or neutered, felines can have kittens—and they often do! Even if you plan on keeping your cat indoors, they can escape when in heat and get pregnant. Cats are very good about getting around obstacles put in their way. There are millions of unwanted cats and kittens in shelters and rescue organizations. Therefore, it’s important not to contribute to this problem by spaying and neutering your cat before they reach maturity.

Spaying and neutering can also help prevent some health issues. Many cancers are reduced or completely eliminated thanks to this procedure. It can also make your cat less likely to roam. Unspayed and unneutered cats may roam when looking for a mate, which can make them prone to getting lost and in fights. If you want to protect your cat, spaying or neutering them is a great way to go about it.

Female cats go through a lot of hormonal changes if they are not neutered. Therefore, to prevent the behavioral problems that can come with hormonal cats, neutering is important.

If you’re getting a kitten, consider spaying or neutering them as quickly as possible. The procedure is extremely safe, as well. It is done under general anesthesia. While some complications can occur, they are often minor and very rare. The benefits often far outweigh the risks.

two cute kittens sitting next to each other
Image Credit: Akifyeva S, Shutterstock


National Kitten Day has a two-fold purpose. First, it’s to celebrate kittens and their cuteness. Many kittens are sitting in shelters and waiting to be adopted, so this day can also encourage adopting kittens.

However, perhaps more importantly, this day helps encourage spaying and neutering. After all, there are many kittens out there who are homeless. Therefore, this day helps encourage others not to contribute to the overpopulation problem by getting their kittens spayed and neutered.

Featured Image Credit: Top Photo Engineer, Shutterstock

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