Ways to Celebrate Your Pets in January

With almost 80 million households in the United States owning a pet as of 2015, it should come as no surprise to you that our calendar year is filled with holidays celebrating our animal companions. These holidays might be a little too obscure to grant you a day off from work, but they still might give you some ideas about how to have fun with or honor pets. To help you keep track of those very special dates, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors plans to post a round-up of them every few weeks.

January 22: Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

Cats communicate in many different ways. They communicate vocally and through body language. It’s up to us as their caretakers to learn how to interpret their communications. That’s the idea behind Answer Your Cat’s Question Day!

According to PetCentric: The proper way to participate in National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day is to be aware of your cat on a more conscious level, and notice when your cat is trying to ask you something. Your job is to stop what you’re doing and try to figure out what your cat is asking, and do your best to answer the question.

In that spirit, a few groups have even put together a few questions from cats. Check them out there:

Here’s a list of possible cat questions and answers compiled by the California Veterinary Medical Association:
Tomorrow is National Answer Your Cats Question Day

And here are ones from the esteemed Catster magazine:
Cat Behavior Care Tips National Answer Your Cats Question Day

January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day

Organized by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, January 24 has been set aside to draw attention to the plight of animal homelessness and to encourage pet adoption. It’s also a day when many shelters and humane societies reduce adoption fees and offer special incentives. PetMed even hosts a contest wherein a shelter or animal rescue can enter an adoptable pet and encourage their community to vote for a chance to win prizes.

While researching special day, I came across this thought-provoking post: Celebrating National Change A Pet’s Life It talks about how most people are under the misconception that the only way to do good in the pet world is to adopt and then suggests other ways we can make an impact. The post caught my attention, because this very subject has been on my mind since I ventured into the local volunteer world. Over the upcoming weeks and months, you’ll find posts about people who are helping animals in both unique and traditional ways. And, if you are a volunteer, I’d love to hear from you and to share your story right here at LAA Pet Talk!

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