There’s a very important kitty holiday coming up. June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day! While cats deserve to be loved and hugged every day, there’s nothing wrong with giving your feline pal a little extra TLC on this special day… as long as you do so on her terms. Read on as a Webster, NY vet discusses some of the do’s and don’ts of hugging cats.
The Rules of Hugging Cats
Don’t expect your feline friend to be on the same cuddle schedule as you are. Your furball may very well demand attention when you’re busy, only to completely rebuff you when you want to snuggle. Fluffy will let you know when she is ready to cuddle. At this point, your job is only to obey your cat. Pet her, and offer snuggles, ear scritches, and perhaps a warm lap. When Fluffy decides that cuddle time is over, just let her go. Never force attention on a cat: this is a serious kitty offense!
One of kitties’ cutest traits is the fact that they vibrate with happiness. Fluffy’s little motor actually has some very special qualities. It can soothe people who are feeling lonely, stressed, or depressed. Purrs also have been shown to promote healing. Hugging your cat is a great way to get her engine started!
Properly Hugging Your Cat
To formally hug your cat, start by picking her up gently. Make sure to support her weight by her bottom or back paws. Fluffy may put her front paws on your shoulder, or even relax and doze off while you are holding her. When you are ready to put your kitty down, gently lower her to the ground. All four paws should be on the floor before you let go.
Cats That Don’t Like Hugs
Just like people, cats all have their own unique purrsonalities. Some are little cuddlebugs that want attention all day, every day. Others are more aloof, and don’t like to be held. Instead, Fluffy may prefer to express her affection by sleeping beside you, staring at you, following you around, and/or occasionally ambushing you from behind doors or sofas. If your furball doesn’t like hugs, make her feel pampered by giving her toys and treats, and playing with her regularly.
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