As cat lovers already know, cats are worth celebrating every day of the year! December is our chance to let the rest of the world know how great cats are and to celebrate the cats that make our lives better. Whether you already have a cat or just wish you could have one, there is a plethora of ways to show your love for our feline companions.

The top 10 ways to celebrate National Cat Lover’s Month:

December is National Cat Lover’s Month. So what better time to creatively express our love for cats? Here are a few ideas to kick your creativity into gear and get you started celebrating your love of cats.

  1. Give your cat some new toys

Cats are curious animals and love playing with new toys! Adding a scratching post or cat tree to your pet’s living area will keep them engaged and give them something new to enjoy. If you don’t have the cash to spend on new toys, consider up-cycling household items and creating toys of your own. While new toys with bells or catnip can be wonderful, cats also enjoy cardboard boxes and empty paper towel rolls.

2. Spend some extra time with your cat

Our cats love us almost as much as we love them. So, spending some extra time with your cat is a great way to celebrate National Cat Lover’s Month. Whether you’re playing with them, snuggling with them, or teaching them a new trick, they will enjoy the extra attention.

3. Foster a cat

Animal shelters are often overrun with cats and kittens in need of a home. By fostering a cat, you give the cat a chance to acclimate to living with people. Shy cats struggle to get adopted, but well adapted cats have a better chance of finding their fur-ever home. You will also free up some space in the shelter for more cats who might otherwise be turned away. If your home is a good fit, consider fostering an older cat. Older cats have a tough time getting adopted even though they can be excellent pets.

4. Donate to a local animal shelter

If your home isn’t a good fit for a foster animal, consider donating to a local animal shelter. You could also sponsor a fundraiser or pet-food drive to encourage others to donate with you. Animal shelters are always in need of monetary donations as well as physical goods. Contact your local animal shelter to see what they need most.

5. Volunteer at a local animal shelter

Animal shelters often rely on the generosity of volunteers to care for their animals. If you’ve got the time, volunteering at your local animal shelter is a great way to show your love this December. It’s also a great way to get your cat fix if you love cats but can’t have one of your own. It’s all the fun of playing with kitties without the cost of owning one!

6. Make a new picture of your cat

Have someone paint your cat’s picture or take professional photos of them. What better way to commemorate your cat than with a picture? Or, if you want something a little more fun, have their picture printed on a shirt or socks. Then you can wear your new cat-clothes and let the whole world know how much you love your cat!

7. Start an Instagram account for your cat

If your cat is photogenic, go ahead and make an Instagram account for them. It’s free, and it can be a lot of fun to share your cat’s antics with your friends. You can also follow other cat accounts and form a cat-loving social media network.

8. Review your cat first aid plan

Make sure you have a well-stocked cat first aid kit. If you haven’t created a cat first aid kit, this would be a great time to review recommended contents and put one together. Consider taking a cat CPR class and first aid class if you haven’t already. It’s always better to be prepared!

9. Have your cat’s teeth cleaned

Your cat may not love this activity, but it will prolong their dental health. Cats with healthy teeth live a longer, happier life. You can also reward them after the vet visit with a treat or a new toy.

10. Make a video of your cat

Whether you’ve got an adult cat or a new kitten, or even if you’re just fostering for the month, create a video of your cat for December. By videoing just one second of your cat’s activities every day, you will end up with a short video that captures the everyday life of your cat.