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National Kitten Day

Celebrate National Kitten Day with love and joy - adopt a kitten today and give them the best home they deserve!
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When it is?
July 10
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United States

Get ready to celebrate National Kitten Day on July 10! This day is all about celebrating the adorable and lovable nature of kittens. It has been around since 2002, when it was first created by pet rescue organization Animal Miracle Foundation & Sanctuary to help raise awareness for homeless and orphaned cats. So gather up your favorite kitten-loving friends and family members, grab some toys and treats, and get ready for a fun-filled day of celebrating our furry felines!

History of National Kitten Day

National Kitten Day Dates

National Kitten Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1861</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Cat Show</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first recognized cat show took place at the Crystal Palace in London, England, fostering interest in different breeds of cats, including kittens.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1931</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>FELIS CRIB Escalation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Feline Infectious Peritonitis virus (FIP) is diagnosed for the first time, leading to increased focus on feline health.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1968</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mothers for Animals Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>In UK, 'Mothers for Animals' was founded. The organization later influenced similar groups worldwide focused on improving the welfare of animals, including kittens.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Internet Cats Phenomenon</div><div class='timeline-text'>The world’s fascination with sharing adorable cat and kitten images and videos on the internet began, making them a viral sensation and increasing awareness towards their welfare.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Kitten Day Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>Animal Miracle Foundation & Sanctuary declared July 10 as National Kitten Day to ensure that more homeless kittens find a loving home.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Kitten Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Adopt a Kitten</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Consider adopting a kitten from your local shelter and give it a forever home. There are so many homeless kittens in need of loving homes, and adoption is one of the best ways to show your love and appreciation for National Kitten Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a Shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Volunteering at a shelter is always an amazing way to celebrate National Kitten Day. Spend time with the cats, play with them, and help take care of them. This is an opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of cats.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a Shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donating money or supplies to a local animal shelter can go a long way towards helping cats in need. Cat food, litter, beds, toys - these items are always in high demand, and any contribution you make will be greatly appreciated.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Show Your Support on Social Media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>You can use your social media accounts to spread awareness and show support for National Kitten Day. Post pictures of cute kittens, share stories about rescued cats, and encourage others to adopt or volunteer their time.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host an Event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organizing an event like a pet adoption fair or cat toy drive is another great way to celebrate National Kitten Day. Invite your friends and family to come out and show their support for cats in need.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Kitten Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Kittens are adorable</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There's no denying that kittens are incredibly cute. With their big eyes, playful personalities and fluffy fur, it's hard to resist the urge to scoop one up and love them!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Kittens bring joy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you're dealing with a bad day or just want something to make you smile, playing with a kitten always does the trick! Their enthusiasm for life is contagious and they provide hours of entertainment as they explore their new home.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Kittens help reduce stress</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Few things in life help ease stress better than cuddling up with a purring kitten. Studies have show that petting cats can reduce cortisol levels in humans and improve overall health and well being. So why not celebrate National Kitten Day by giving your furry friend a good snuggle?</p></div></div>

5 Adorable Discoveries for National Kitten Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kittens are Born Deaf and Blind</h3><p class='facts-content'>Did you know? Newborn kittens cannot hear or see. They are entirely dependent on their mother for their first couple of weeks until their ear canals and eyelids open.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kittens Purr as a Form of Communication</h3><p class='facts-content'>Kittens start purring within a couple of days of their birth. Initially, it's a way to communicate with their mother that they are well and getting their fill of milk.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kittens Have Whiskers for Navigation</h3><p class='facts-content'>Kittens rely heavily on their whiskers as a sense organ. These sensitive strands help them navigate and detect changes in their surroundings.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A Group of Kittens is Called a "Kindle"</h3><p class='facts-content'>An adorable little-known fact is that the term for a group of kittens is a "kindle", whereas a group of adult cats would be called a "clowder".</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kittens Have Fewer Teeth Than Adult Cats</h3><p class='facts-content'>Kittens start teething at around 2 weeks old and have a total of 26 temporary teeth. In contrast, an adult cat has 30 permanent teeth.</p></div></div>

National Kitten Day FAQs

When is National Kitten Day?

National Kitten Day is celebrated on July 10th every year. In 2024 National Kitten Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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