October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, a day to celebrate all cats regardless of breed. Through this holiday, we hope to reduce the stigma associated with wild cats.
The first National Feral Cat Day was held in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies to bring awareness to the proper care of feral cats. This organization adheres to the policy of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), which involves capturing a homeless animal, taking it to a veterinary clinic to be sterilized, and then releasing it back into the wild.
It is widely accepted that cats originated in Egypt and later spread through Europe and Asia via traders. The Roman Empire also contributed to the population of cats by bringing them to Britain and other countries through their conquest and colonization.
Currently, in the US there are an estimated 146 million feral and stray cats. Every day, an estimated 70 kittens and puppies are born, yet there are not enough homes to house them all.
- In 2000 BC, cats began to spread from Egypt.
- In 300 BC, the Roman Empire increased the population of cats by conquering new territories in Europe.
- In the 1700s, cats spread throughout the world.
How to take part
On National Feral Cat Day, you can participate in the TNR program by capturing a stray cat, taking it to the vet for neutering or spaying, and then releasing it back into the wild. This helps keeps the cat safe and reduces the population of feral cats. Alternatively, if you are looking for a furry friend, this is a great time to visit your local shelter and adopt a kitten.
When is National Feral Cat Day celebrated in 2023?
National Feral Cat Day is observed on October 16 each year.