National Kitten Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts, Quotes & How to celebrate the National Kitten Day

National Kitten Day 2020 is observed on 10 July 2020 to celebrate the tiny adorable kittens and to encourage the people around the United States to adopt the homeless kittens and make them part of the family. The day was initiated to promote kitten adoption and to celebrate the joy that kittens bring to everyone's lives.  Get more information about the history of National Kitten Day, facts, quotes & How to celebrate the National Kitten Day 2020 from this article.  

Keerthana | Updated Jul 08, 2020 13:16 PM

National Kitten Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts, Quotes & How to celebrate the National Kitten Day

National Kitten Day 2020

National Kitten Day is celebrated on July 10 of every year. National Kitten Day 2020 is a day for miniature furballs of round eyes, little pink paws, and its cute meow which melts everyone's hearts without any efforts. On this National Kitten Day, let's spend some with kittens in-home or else adopt one kitten from the shelters.

Many kittens are left in shelters, on the roadside, or wild and feral. So instead of buying a kitten in a pet store, one can adopt the homeless feline from shelters on this day. Spaying and neutralizing our pets, including our own cats, is vital to their health and to keep the stray population low. As of 2015, 95.6 million U.S. households had cats while 83.3 million had a dog, according to the American Humane Society. 

What is the history of National Kitten Day?

The National Kitten Day was created by Colleen Paige, Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Writer, and Animal Advocate to promote kitten adoption and to celebrate the joy that kittens bring to everyone's lives. It was celebrated in December for its first two years but then moved to July. It was funded by BLUE Naturally Fresh Cat Litter for a few years, which seems to have been a partnership between The Blue Buffalo Corporation and Naturally Fresh cat litter.

How to observe National Kitten Day?

On this National Kitten Day, play with kittens in your home and buy some toys for them. Some other ideas to enjoy this day are as follows:

  • Donate money to a local animal shelter or to an animal welfare organization or items such as food, toys, and blankets

  • Volunteer at a shelter for local animals. Play with kittens and clean them

  • Adopt the kitten and spread the word about the importance of adoption of kittens to friends and neighbourhood

  • Focus on the health of your kitten. Plan a check-up for them, get them fresh litter and make sure they are safe in the home when people are out

  • Use #NationalKittenDay on social media and share the celebration of Kitten Day

Guidelines tips for kittens adoption:

You can adopt a kitten. Here is a set of guidelines provided for the people before adopting the kittens which are listed below:

  • Read through and understand the application and the terms in it. The instructions are for animal welfare, for the employees and for adopting persons

  • Ask questions. It 's important you and the shelter have an understanding. Most shelters have volunteers and salaried staff.

  • A good shelter wishes for a positive placement for the cat. Some animals get anxious while others get along with anybody and any kind of animal

  • Consider the size of the home and surroundings place of the home

  • Check with people that everybody gets along with kittens or anybody have allergies

  • Spending time with pets is very important. Check the work schedule and plan the time for the first

  • So, if one decides to adopt the kitten, make sure to visit the shelter for a few days. Play along with the kitten. Spend time keeping them groomed. See how other cats respond to the kitten and check whether that kitten will get along with dogs

Kitten - Facts

  • Newborn kittens are totally helpless and totally dependent on their mothers for nutrition, warmth, and disposal. Kittens are too fragile

  • They learn who's safe and trustworthy during the first 12 weeks of kittens, what's nice to eat and where the bathroom lies

  • Kittens become socialized towards other cats for roughly the first 12 weeks

  • Cats are built with an additional organ that is engaged in the sense of smell.

  • At about 2 weeks of age, their eyes open with a bluish hue, and some breeds like Siamese, Tonkinese, and Ragdoll will keep their eyes blue.

  • Cats are among all land animals hearing best. They are born deaf but when their incredible sense of hearing is fully developed by the age of 4 weeks, they can hear 65,000 cycles per second

  • They are born blind, the kittens don't even open their eyes for the first week or two after birth. Completely developed by age 5 weeks, their eyesight is different from humans

  • Kittens love kneading. Kittens knead while nursing to promote milk flow, but tend to knead into adulthood

  • Fleas are particularly harmful to kittens. Fleas can cause tapeworm and a host of diseases

  • At birth, they weigh from 3 to 4 ounces. Healthy kittens are supposed to grow one pound a month before they hit six months

  • In the first weeks of life feline babies are unable to regulate their temperature

  • In the first few weeks of life, kittens don't generate their own antibodies. Their moms help to boost their immunity

  • Kittens conserving their strength by sleeping 18 hours a day on average

  • Cats and kittens can accommodate their bodies nearly anywhere they squeeze their heads

  • Whiskers of a cat and kitten are roughly as long as their bodies are wide.

  • Adult cats have 30 teeth but kittens have just 26 teeth initially

Kitten - Quotes

  • “A kitten gets himself into every kind of trouble.” - Champfleury

  • “A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden.” - Robert Southey

  • “Gather kittens while you may, Time brings only sorrow; And the kittens of today; Will be old cats tomorrow.” - Oliver Herford

  • “Even the heart of a kitten is reliable if you know how to rely on.” - Munia Khan

  • “Kittens believe that all nature is occupied with their diversion.” - F.A. Paradis de Moncrif


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National Kitten Day - FAQ

1. Is it normal for a kitten to sleep all day?  

The daily routine for a newborn kitten consists of 90 percent of the time sleeping, that's almost 22 hours of sleep. As kittens mature beyond the newborn stage, they still manage to spend about 16 to 20 hours a day even at six months of age.

2. What is dangerous for kittens?  

Alcoholic drinks and alcohol-containing foods can be harmful to the cat. Ingestion can cause vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulties,  tremors, disorientation, and even death. Keeping the cat away from the raw dough is important too.

3. Do kittens like to cuddle?  

Young kittens all sleep in a bundle together, keeping them warm and secure. And later in life adult cats continue to crave that too. So kitty instinctively looks for warmth, protection, and safety when it comes to nap in people's lap.

4. How much milk does a newborn kitten consume?

In the first 24-48 hours, each kitten consumes 1 ml of milk every hour. The amount will increase gradually and the kittens are fed per meal by 0.5 ml until a maximum of 10 ml/meal is reached. Kittens will need 9-12 meals per day. In the second week, the kittens should be on 5-7 ml per feeding.