Pets have been a part of our lives for thousands of years. Heck, as far back as 12,000 years ago, dogs and cats were even buried in the graves of their human owners. So, it's natural that we have a "National Love Your Pet Day" every year.

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When is National Love Your Pet Day?

According to National Today, Love Your Pet Day is celebrated on February 20th each year. So celebrate your dog, cat, parrot, turtle, or whatever else pet you may have.

So, if you're looking for ways to celebrate or love your pet then take a peek at the gallery below for ideas.

Let's face it, though, most of the things you can do will be with dogs. Cats are super finicky and won't appreciate anything unless it's treats and/or catnip. Your pet bird or fish may also enjoy a snack, but that's probably where that celebration will end. Your dog, however, will love anything you have planned primarily because you're giving them attention

Ways to Celebrate Love Your Pet Day in Abilene

Don't forget, Abilene has quite a few dog-friendly restaurants, so visit one of these places and take Fido with you.

LOOK: Dog Friendly Restaurants in Abilene

Obviously, when celebrating National Love Your Pet Day, we're talking about your regular pets like dogs, cats, birds, snakes, or other domesticated animals. However, if you have a larger pet, like a tiger or lion, you may be in a little trouble, depending on the state you live in.

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.