Hug Your Cat Day

There’s a pretty cute kitty holiday coming up. June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day! Our feline pals definitely deserve lots of hugs and love! After all, cats provide us with unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship; entertain us with their antics; and really turn our houses into homes. They’re also great cuddle buddies! Here, a Columbia, MD vet discusses hugging cats.

Benefits of Hugging Cats

There are many reasons to hug our feline friends. Fluffy’s soothing purr is actually quite remarkable. Snuggling with a purring cat has been shown to reduce blood pressure and lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks. It’s also very helpful for anyone struggling with PTSD, depression, anxiety, or grief. As it turns out, when you cuddle your furry pal, a hormone called oxytocin is released in both of you. This helps reinforce feelings of love. Last but not least, cuddling a purring cat can be quite relaxing. Kitties make great sleep aids!

How Not To Hug A Cat

There definitely is a golden rule when it comes to hugging kitties: never hug a cat that does not want to be hugged! We know, kitties are very cute, but it’s important to build trust by letting them decide when and how they want to cuddle. (Fluffy may choose to ‘snuggle’ by trying to sleep on your face, or hop into your lap while you’re in the middle of something, but that’s another topic.)

How To Properly Hug A Cat

Hugging cats isn’t exactly rocket science, but there are things to keep in mind. First and foremost, always hold Fluffy so that her weight is supported by her legs or rump. Never hold your pet by her stomach. This can actually cause internal injuries! We also strongly recommend supervising young children when they are hugging cats.

Cats That Don’t Want Hugs

Kitties all have their own purrsonalities. While many of them are very lovable and cuddly, others are more aloof. Don’t force attention on Fluffy. Your furry little buddy may be quite content to sit beside you, or just hang out in the same room. If your cat is more reserved, spoil her with toys, treats, and, of course, catnip. You can still get that little motor going!

Please contact us, your Columbia, MD vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We are here to help!

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