May 30th is International Hug Your Cat Day! Our feline friends are definitely very huggable. Fluffy fits perfectly into your arms or on your lap, and often starts purring as soon as you touch her. A local Pasadena, MD vet discusses some of the do’s and don’ts of hugging cats below.
Did you know that cuddling your feline pal is very good for you? Hugging a purring kitty can be very comforting in troubled times. In fact, it can even reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack. It’s also very helpful for people dealing with grief, anxiety, or depression. This is why cats are becoming more and more popular in places like hospitals and nursing homes. Of course, we suspect that many of our furry patients are getting more hugs than usual lately. This has been a very difficult year, to say the least. Pets are definitely doing their best to helping their humans cope, by offering lots of cuddles and kisses.
There’s really no wrong time to hug Fluffy. In fact, we think kitties should be hugged daily! The only caveat here is that you should never hug a cat that clearly does not want to be hugged. That may very well get you scratched! Also, when your feline buddy decides she’s done with cuddle time, just let her go.
Kids also benefit from hugging cats. Kitties can be wonderful friends and companions to children. There are few things more adorable than seeing Fluffy cuddling up with her tiny human! However, you should supervise interactions between young children and cats. Make sure the little ones are being gentle and, if they hold Fluffy, that they support her weight properly.
If there’s one thing we can say about cats, it’s that they all have their own unique purrsonalities. Some kitties are very lovable and cuddly, while others are a bit more aloof. If your furry buddy doesn’t like being held or petted, don’t force her to submit. Fluffy may just prefer to be admired from a distance! To get that little motor going, offer treats, toys, and perhaps a bit of catnip.
Please reach out to us, your Pasadena, MD vet clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!