Cat Day was established back in 1987 as a way to ‘show gratitude to the joy and happiness of living with cats’.
So why is Cat Day on February 22nd? Well, the onomatopoeic sound of a cats voice in Japanese is ‘Nyan nyan nyan’ and the word for ‘two’ is of course ‘ni’, making February 22nd ‘ni ni ni’ (222). With this in mind, cat lovers across the country made a public appeal for February 22nd to be declared Cat Day.
There are many Cat Days across the globe, like February 17th in many European countries, March 1st in Russia, and October 29th in the US. However, the universal anniversary is ‘International Cat Day’ on August 8th.