We know what you’re thinking, isn’t every day National Cat Day? But in fact, cats have a very special and dedicated day to themselves, and that happens to be today.

Celebrating National Cat Day is a requirement for those of us who are pet lovers. We’ve put together some ideas for you so you don’t have to spend sleepless nights worrying about how you’ll celebrate Kitty.

  • Bake some healthy treats,
  • Take a trip in the backyard on a harness.
  • Consider adding a shelter kitty to your home.
  • Volunteer at your local shelter, rescue, or hey, the Ottawa Paw Pantry and give the kitties there a little extra love.
  • Spend the day taking photos of your cat and posting them on our Facebook page.
  • Commission a custom portrait painted of your cat or Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.
  • Buy your cat a fun new toy….condo, bed or treats!
  • Brush your cat to eliminate excess fur and hairballs.
  • Give your cat a calming massage.
  • Buy your cat a collar and tag with your name and number, just in case they get outside and happen to become lost.
  • Have a National Cat Day party and invite all your friends and their cats!


Don’t worry we’ve got you covered too. There are some of us blessed with a love of cats, but cursed with hives. While you may want to snuggle up with Kitty Kitty, it’s probably wise to help from afar.

  • Clean out your closets and take some goodies (old towels and blankets, a boatload of paper towels and other things you see the rescue or shelter needs) You can visit their website, often times many of them have a wishlist page!)
  • Shout it out loud by sharing this post with your friends on your social networks.  
  • Bake some cat shaped cookies for your kids, friends or office and bake some tuna cookies for your cat.
  • Paint your face, wear kitty ears or dress in cat related fashion.

For everyone

However you decide to celebrate National Cat Day, there’s one thing that will always be true: cats have such an impact on our lives. That’s exactly why we started the Ottawa Paw Pantry. Sadly, we are faced with a cat food shortage most months, and we worry we won’t be able to continue to help the over 60 clients in Ottawa and their pets.

If you can, consider donating either financially, or with cat food, treats or litter. We truly appreciate the gesture!