Physical Signs A Cat Is Dying

Physical signs a cat is dying at a glance

  • Abnormal breathing
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Drop in body temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeping more and ultimately loss of consciousness
  • Odours
  • Urinary and/or fecal incontinence
  • Extreme weakness


The physical process of dying can take months depending on the diagnosis and is divided into two stages.

  • Early or pre-active dying – The weeks leading up to death, this is associated with a terminal illness such as cancer or kidney disease.
  • Active dying – This process lasts from 3 days to a few hours when the cat’s body begins the physical process of shutting down.

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Cat Themed Health and Awareness Days – January to December 2020

Cat health and awareness days 2020

January 2020

  • 2nd January – Happy Mew Years Day
  • 2nd January – National Pet Safety Travel Day (US)
  • 14th January – National Dress Up Your Cat Day (US)
  • 22nd January – Answer Your Cat’s Question Day
  • 24th January – Change a Pet’s Life Day
  • Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month (US)

February 2020

  • 4th February – World Cancer Day
  • 14th February – Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • 18th – 24th February – National Drink Wine With Your Cat Week (US)
  • 20th February – National Love Your Pet Day (US)
  • 25th February – World Spay Day
  • 29th February – Rare Diseases Day
  • Pet Dental Health Month
  • National Cat Health Month
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • National Prevent a Litter Month (US)
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

March 2020

  • 8th March to 14th March – World Glaucoma Week
  • 12th March – World Kidney Day
  • 13th March – World Sleep Day
  • 20th March – World Oral Health Day
  • 28th March – Respect Your Cat Day
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • Professional Pet Sitters Week (first week in March)
  • National Poison Prevention Week (third week in March)
  • Melanoma March (Australia)

April 2020

  • 1st April to 7th April – International Pooper Scooper Week
  • 4th April – World Stray Animals Day
  • 6th April – National Siamese Cat Day (US)
  • 7th April – World Health Day
  • 11th April – National Pet Day (US)
  • 17th April – World Hemophilia Day
  • 18th April – Pet Owners Day
  • 19th April – World Liver Day
  • 24th April – Hairball Awareness Day
  • 26th April – National Pets and Kids Day (US)
  • 27th April – World Veterinary Day
  • April 28 – National Pet Parents Day (US)
  • 30th April – National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (US)
  • 30th April – National Tabby Day (US)
  • National Pet Month (US)
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month (ASPCA)
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month (US)
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month (US)
  • Oral Cancer Awareness Month

May 2020

  • 2nd May – World Asthma Day
  • 5th to 11th May – Be Kind to Animals Week
  • 11th May – National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • 17th May – World Hypertension Day
  • 20th to 26th May – National Volunteer Week (US)
  • Thyroid Awareness Month (Australia)
  • Chip Your Pet Month
  • Arthritis Awareness Month
  • Food Allergy Action Month
  • National Pet Month (US)

June 2020

  • June 1 to 7 -Pet Appreciation Week
  • 4th June – World Hug Your Cat Day
  • 9th June – World Pet Memorial Day
  • 22th June – Take Your Cat to Work Day
  • 19th June – National Garfield the Cat Day
  • 24th June – Cat World Domination Day
  • Adopt a Cat Month
  • National Microchipping Month (US)
  • Cataract Awareness Month

July 2020

  • 5th July – National Pet Remembrance Day (UK)
  • 6th July – World Zoonoses Day
  • 14th to 20th July – National Diabetes Week (Australia)
  • 12th July – National Different Coloured Eyes Day (US)
  • 15th July – National Pet Fire Safety Day (US)
  • National Lost Pet Prevention Month (US)
  • National Pet Hydration Awareness Month (US)

August 2020

  • 8th August – World Cat Day
  • 15th August – Check the Chip Day
  • 17th August – National Black Cat Appreciation Day
  • 17th August – International Homeless Animals Day
  • 22nd August – National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  • 28th August – Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • National Immunization Awareness Month – (US)

September 2020

  • 1st September – Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
  • 13th September – National Pet Memorial Day (US)
  • 16th September to 22nd September – Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week
  • 23rd to 29th September – National Eye Health Week (US)
  • 25th September – International Ataxia Awareness Day
  • 27th September – World Deaf Day
  • 28th September – World Rabies Day
  • 29th September – World Heart Day
  • 29th September – Beckoning Cat Day
  • Pet Sitter Education Month
  • National Pet Memorial Month (US)
  • Happy Healthy Cat Month
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month

October 2020

  • 1st October – CATober – Universal birthday of shelter cats
  • 4th October – World Animal Day
  • 4th to 10th October – National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (US)
  • 11th October – World Obesity Day
  • 13th to 19th October – National Veterinary Technicians Week (US)
  • 16th October – National Feral Cat Day (US)
  • 27th October – National Black Cat Day (US)
  • 29th October – National Cat Day (US)
  • Breast (Mammary Gland) Cancer Awareness Month
  • First week of November – National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (US).
  • National Pet Wellness Month (US)
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month (US)

November 2020

  • 17th November – National Black Cat Day (Italy)
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • National Senior Pet Month (US)
  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pet Diabetes Month

December 2020

  • 5th December – International Volunteer Day
  • 10th December –  International Animal Rights Day
  • 15th December – Cat Herders Day
  • Cat Lover’s Month

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