National Cat Day | October 29
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)
National Cat Day | October 29
National Cat Day | October 29



National Cat Day on October 29th is the purrfect day to give extra attention to your feline friends. 


Cats make excellent companions. They rarely miss you, but when they do, you sure know it. Awareness days such as this one urge pet lovers to adopt from a local shelter. The day also reminds us that neutering and spaying our furry companions helps reduce the abandoned population.

Shelters are full of cats and kittens in need of forever homes. These feline fur babies come with as many personalities as they do colors and coats. They curl into our hearts and will just as quickly remind us they decide who they love. Whether they were born in the shelter, surrendered or abandoned, 3.4 million find their way to a shelter.

When considering the adoption of a furbaby, take your time. Each shelter animal will touch your heart, so be sure to find a life-long love.

  • Consider your lifestyle. Will you have time for an active kitten or will an adult cat be more to your pace?
  • Make multiple visits before making a choice. Sometimes, the purrfect cat will choose you.
  • Spend one-on-one time with the cat so you have some bonding meowments and her true personality comes through.
  • Do other members of your fur family need to be considered? If so, be sure to introduce them to be sure their personalities mesh.
  • When you bring your new family member home, have a space ready for him to decompress and adjust to his new abode. Don’t be surprised if he hides at first. This is normal cat behavior.


Pay particular attention to your cat today.  Adopt a new cat. Use #NationalCatDay to post on social media.


This day was created by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, in 2005.   Since its inception, it has helped save the lives of more than one million cats. 


October 29th Celebrated History


In New York City, Gimbel’s began selling the first commercially produced ballpoint pen manufactured by Reynolds International Pen Company. The pen sold for $12.50 each.


After nearly a decade of study, a technique using electricity to heal bone succeeds. The team, led by Dr. Carl T. Brighton developed the treatment for broken bones that resist traditional treatment. Their success came after applying the procedure to a 50-year-old woman.


The Galileo space probe flies by the asteroid Gaspra. During its flyby, the probe captured the first photos of the asteroid, images that revealed large craters along the surface.


John Sandford Hart reaches the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on crutches. His ascent, which took 4 days, 20 hours, and 30 minutes, set a world speed record for climbing the mountain on crutches.

October 29th Celebrated Birthdays

Harriet Powers – 1837

Born into slavery, Powers created intricate quilts representing her life and events from history. In 2015, author Barbara Herkert published Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist.

Carl Djerassi – 1923

The chemist and author contributed to the development of the contraceptive pill.

Bob Ross – 1942

The American painter hosted The Joy of Painting on PBS for 11 years. Through the show, he taught millions of people how to paint landscape paintings.

Melba Moore – 1945

Born into a musical family, Moore rose to fame during the 1970s. The award-winning performer became the first African-American woman cast in the role of Fantine in Les Misérables.

Lee Child – 1954

The author is best known for his Jack Reacher series.

Winona Ryder – 1971

The award-winning actress has appeared in more than 60 films over her 35-year career. From Beetlejuice and Heathers to the television hit Stranger Things, Ryder has played a variety of roles.

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