June 4: National Hug Your Cat Day: Purr-fect Opportunity to Spend Time with Feline Friends

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How often do you hug your cat?  It’s National Hug Your Cat Day on June 4th, and we have a few purr-fect suggestions to get in the mood for some snuggle time. If your feline critter is anything like ours, then hugging may not be in the cards. However, touch is still an important part of communication – and so are cats!

National Hug Your Cat Day is a day devoted to showing your cat the love and attention they deserve. While some cats might just want to be left alone, others show an almost unconditional love. Whatever you’ll do, it’s always important to make a kitty feel appreciated.

How Do Cats Show Affection?

Cats do not show affection to humans in the same way that dogs do. Unlike dogs, cats are more subtle. Some people assume that this means they care for us less than dogs, but this is far from the truth.

Like most animals, touch is an important part of communication for cats. Some may purr or spend time with you to show their love and appreciation; some will bump against your legs as a way to communicate they love you.

Is it bad to hug your cat?

In general, cats do not like to be hugged. You may have a mischievous or “dognapped” cat that purrs for anything, but generally, cats find hugs from humans uncomfortable.

Does hugging your cat give them anxiety?

A hug from a human can seem like an attack to a cat and cause them anxiety.

How to hug a cat properly

You never want to sneak up on or jump at your cat because it will startle and scare them. Wait for your feline friend to come to you and sit in your lap, then talk softly to them and gently pet their favorite spot, usually under the chin.

If your cat likes to be touched and is content, gently put your arm around them. If they are purring, then you should be okay. 

To avoid cat stress, don’t hold your cat tightly, and if your cat wants to get away then let her go.

5 Reasons To ‘Hug’ Your Cat

  • The best way to help relieve the stress levels of the day as a cat owner, is to cuddle your cat as soon as possible after a hard day of work.
  • The natural anti-anxiety drug effect that cats have on us has been proven in recent studies. On National Hug Your Cat Day and other times during the year, pet your feline friend to see these effects for yourself.
  • Studies show that being in close contact with your cat can stimulate the immune system and protect you from allergies. When a person is in close contact with their cat’s dander, it stimulates immunity to different types of allergens by building up a tolerance.
  • Cats are often quieter than dogs, which can provide a calming presence for people living in rowdier areas.
  • Cats are already naturally secure animals on their own, but hugging your cat will give them an even greater sense of security. This increased sense of safety will make your cats more trusting and loving, generating a deep bond with you in the process.

How to celebrate Hug Your Cat Day

  • Animal shelters are always looking for help, and they need people to adopt cats.
  • A party is a great event for cat lovers to raise money for shelters.
  • Check out this article with 100 Ways to Show Your Cat You Love Them
  • Photograph your cat and share on social media with #HugYourCatDay
  • Clicker train your cat some new tricks
  • Get your cat a new scratching post

Fun Facts About Cats

  • Cats purr at 55-65 decibels, louder than a human can speak !!!!
  • A group of cats is called a clowder or clutter
  • The heaviest cat on record is 44 lbs. (20 kg)
  • Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs only have ten.
  • In order for cats to digest food and absorb nutrients from it, they need to produce more of the enzymes needed for digestion than any other animal.
  • Cats can jump up to five times their height and they are also very agile, with a quick turn radius – this is why you will often see them land gracefully on all four paws when they have fallen from high heights. 
  • Cats can be trained to do tricks with a clicker, but you should always use positive reinforcement.
  • The oldest cat on record was named Creme Puff and lived for 38 years.
  • There’s an island in Japan called Tashirojima where about 100 cats outnumber the human population of around 300 people

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