Ways to celebrate your cat or dog’s Gotcha Day!
Consider these Gotcha Day ideas to help commemorate your pet’s adoption day anniversary.
There may be nothing more celebratory than the day you first met your four-legged BFF. Whether you adopted your furry friend from a shelter or “failed” at being a foster parent, you and your pet were meant to be! Some might even call it love at first sniff.
When you adopt a cat or dog, their life up until they stole your heart is usually a complete mystery. You may not know their birthday or even their age, but one thing’s for sure — the most important day of their life is the day they met you.
In lieu of throwing a big birthday bash for your pet, consider celebrating your cat or dog’s “Gotcha Day” as an alternative!
What’s a “Gotcha Day?”
Your pet’s “Gotcha Day” is the day you adopted and brought home your pet for the first time. They could be a Pisces puppy or a Gemini feline, or that could be a mystery even Sherlock Holmes can’t solve.
For anyone who doesn’t know their cat or dog’s birthday, you can throw a Gotcha Day celebration instead. Every day might be an excuse to spoil your furry friend, but your pet’s Gotcha Day is the purr-fect reason to go above and beyond. After all, it’s the day your life together began!
Is Gotcha Day only for adopted dogs and cats?
Don’t worry, even if you know the exact day and time your pet was born, you can still celebrate their Gotcha Day. The excitement of bringing home a pet for the first time is a universal experience that every pet parent can celebrate.
8 ways to celebrate your pet’s Gotcha Day
Nobody knows your pet better than you, but we’re confident these ideas will help your BFF feel extra special on their Gotcha Day.
1. Throw a Gotcha Day paw-ty
Perhaps the most obvious, but when it comes to celebrating your pet’s Gotcha Day, the more the merrier! Throw a party à la Animal House-style and invite all your four-legged and two-legged friends to come over and paw-ty.
If your pet is more of a hermit than a party animal, you could meet your friends at the dog park or a pet-friendly bar instead. You could also host a low-key “yappy” hour at your place with a few of your closest friends.
2. Go on a “sniffari”
We have 6 million scent receptors in our noses, but dogs can have up to 300 million. As you might imagine, a dog’s nose is far more powerful than ours — their sense of smell is 50 times stronger.
You can give your dog a real thrill by simply taking them for a walk, but on their Gotcha Day, give your canine the freedom to stop and sniff every scent they please. A single sniff is like watching an episode of their favorite TV show, so let your dog binge!
For our feline friends who aren’t accustomed to walking on a leash, try catnip instead. Crushing the herb will help release more of the aroma, and you can either give it to your cat directly or sprinkle some over a toy. You can even “marinate” a plush toy in the same way you might marinate some chicken.
3. Schedule a playdate
You can’t go wrong with a little extra socialization and physical activity, so invite your pet’s furry BFF over for a Gotcha Day playdate. As long as both pets like to share, you could even spoil your pet with some new toys for the occasion. They’ll be the envy of their entire pack.
4. Share your love on social media
Nothing says “Happy Gotcha Day!” like a photo montage on social media. It’s the modern-day way to shout your love from the rooftops. Profess your cat or puppy love to the world and share some of your favorite photos together. Who knows, maybe you’ll inspire others to rescue a pet of their own, too!
5. Spend some quality time together
Just like people, every pet receives and gives love in different ways. And for many pets, there’s nothing better than some quality time with their favorite human. Your time and attention are truly all your pet needs on their Gotcha Day! That might look like a long snuggle session on the couch, an extra game of fetch in the backyard, a leisurely walk around the neighborhood — the possibilities are endless.
6. Spoil your pet with a long, healthy life
Above all, your pet’s Gotcha Day is a celebration of the special bond you two share. Every pet parent strives for a long and happy life with their pet, but it only takes one unexpected injury or illness to put that into jeopardy — along with your finances. Even if your pet is young and healthy, you just can’t predict what might happen to your pet or how much it might cost.
Pet health insurance is one way to help give your pet a longer and happier life because it’s no “treat” having to choose between balancing your budget and giving your pet the care they need.
Learn more about pet insurance for dogs and cats and how it can help today.
7. Treat your pet to their favorite treat
Whether it’s cheese or peanut butter, use your pet’s favorite yummy treat to tickle their palate! You’ll have your pet literally (and figuratively) eating out of the palm of your hand.
8. Dress your pet to impress
No matter the season, a new outfit may help your pet feel stylish and confident on their Gotcha Day. During the colder months, consider a cozy sweater and a pair of booties to help keep them warm all winter long. Likewise, buy a cute bandana and a new collar when the weather’s warm — your pet will be the coolest cat on the block!
No matter how you choose to celebrate your pet’s Gotcha Day, we wish you two a very long and happy life together.