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National Cat Lovers Month

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 months ago

National Cat Lovers Month takes place during the month of December. This month-long celebration is the perfect time to slow down and appreciate your cat(s) — and to look for ways to help cats in need.

Keep reading as we discuss a few of our favorite ways to celebrate National Cat Lovers Month and different ways you can fill your life with as many purring cats as possible. 

How to Celebrate With Your Cat

First things first: If you don’t currently have a cat but you’ve been considering adoption, this would be the perfect time to look into this idea a little further!

You might be ready to adopt a cat if you:

  • Can support him or her financially (vet care, food, medications, etc.) 
  • Have the space in your home
  • Are prepared to care for your new pet and provide the social support it needs throughout his or her entire life

Most Humane Societies will allow you to visit and play with the cats that are available for adoption so you can choose which animal might be best for you. Many cities also have cat cafes, where you can grab a latte and play with some adorable cats. In most cases, the cats at cat cafes are available to adopt6

If you do already have a cat, there are plenty of ways you can celebrate National Cat Lovers Month at home with your feline:

  • Purchase or DIY a few new toys to add to your cat’s rotation, keeping him or her active and engaged during the long winter months.
  • Have a photoshoot with your cat (either informally in your living room, or with a more professional camera) to get some cute shots for Instagram.
  • Get on top of your cat’s grooming. While regular brushing should already be part of your routine, trimming nails and brushing teeth should also get on the schedule every couple of weeks7.

How to Celebrate As A Cat Owner

This month is the perfect time to learn more about cats in general.

The Lion in Your Living Room is a popular book and documentary that explains how your cat sees the world8. You can also learn more about cats by reading content online, including our past blog posts such as Most Common Feline Health Problems and Why Does My Cat Bring Me Dead Animals? Learning more about cats will enable you to care for your own pet more effectively. 

You might also consider treating yourself to a fun cat-themed gift or item — maybe a calendar with adorable kitten photos, fuzzy socks with cat illustrations, or a graphic T-shirt (our favorite saying: “Sorry I was late, my cat was sitting on me”). Purchase from a small business if possible to support artists and creators. Gifts like these are a lot of fun and can help you proclaim your love for cats to the world! 

How to Celebrate With A Local Shelter

National Cat Lovers Month is the perfect time to link arms with your local Humane Society or animal rescue to help them rescue as many cats as possible.

If you’re able to donate financially or purchase supplies like cat litter and pet food, your local shelter will appreciate the contribution. But gifts of time are just as important. Volunteer with your shelter to scoop litterboxes, serve as a receptionist, help put on events, or whatever they need help with.

Shelters also need foster parents for cats if that’s something you’re able to do. 

If none of these options are feasible for you right now, consider donating your time while at home by making DIY cat toys or beds to drop off at your shelter. Supporting animal rescues on social media by following their accounts and sharing their posts is another free and easy way to help rescue cats who need homes9.

Plan For The Unexpected  

One final suggestion for celebrating National Cat Lovers Month: Consider getting pet insurance1 for your furry friend! 

Here at PetFirst1, we know accidents and illnesses can happen to all pets. PetFirst Pet Insurancecan help cover unexpected vet visits2 and can provide peace of mind. PetFirst Pet Insurance1  has cat and dog insurance policies2 to fit every budget. 

These are just a few ways you can enjoy National Cat Lovers Month this year — and your cat will appreciate it if you continue the celebration all year round!

1PetFirst Healthcare, LLC (“PetFirst Pet Insurance” or “PetFirst”) is the program administrator authorized to offer and administer pet health insurance policies underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company, with its main office at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, or New Hampshire Insurance Company or The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, each with its main administrative office at 500 West Madison Street, Suite 3000 Chicago, IL 60661. For costs, complete details of coverage, and a listing of approved states, please contact PetFirst Healthcare, LLC.

2Like most insurance policies, insurance policies offered by PetFirst Healthcare, LLC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force.  

6CNN: “Cats” is a disaster, but cats aren’t: The best cat cafes to show your solidarity with our beloved companions, July 19, 2019, Ulrike Lemmin-Woolfrey and Stacey Lastoe 

7ASPCA: Cat grooming tips

8The World: Do you really understand the lion in your living room?

9The Cut: How to help animal shelters during the Coronavirus pandemic, March 17, 2020, Kelly Conaboy

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