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Celebrate Hug Your Cat Day

June 01, 2016

June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day! We think our feline friends deserve to be hugged every day, but that’s beside the point. This is a great time to show Fluffy some extra attention, and maybe even pamper her a bit. A local Cambrian, CA vet discusses this cute holiday below.

The Do’s And Don’ts of Hugging Cats

Kitties have some very strict rules about being hugged. First and foremost, never force attention on your pet. If your cat doesn’t want to be hugged, or decides that hug time is over, just let her go. Also, if you pick your furball up, be sure to hold her properly, and support her weight by holding her bottom or back legs. (Don’t be surprised if your feline buddy wants attention when you’re in the middle of doing something: that’s just what cats do.) Last but not least, always put Fluffy down gently, and make sure that her paws are touching down before you let go.

The Benefits of Hugging Cats

Did you know that hugging cats is actually good for you? Fluffy’s purrs and cuddles help relieve stress and anxiety, and can be a great comfort in tough times. Hugging a purring cat is a great way to relax!

Alternatives For Cats That Don’t Like Hugs

While some kitties are little cuddlebugs, others prefer to be admired from a distance. If Fluffy isn’t super cuddly, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t love you: she just may not like being handled. There are still some great ways to pamper an aloof kitty. Offer your feline friend a new toy, and take time to play with her every day. You can also buy or make your furry buddy a piece of cat furniture, such as a pet tent or tower.

Helping Cats That Need Hugs

There are many homeless kitties in shelters, waiting and hoping for someone to love them and give them a good home. Consider donating money or supplies to a local animal charity or rescue. Volunteering and fostering are also great ways to help. It’s also important to make sure that your own pets are spayed or neutered, so they don’t contribute to the pet overpopulation problem.

Do you have any questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Cambrian, CA animal hospital, anytime. We are happy to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs.