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Hug Your Cat Day

June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day! Our feline friends certainly are very cute and huggable, and many of them love to snuggle with their humans. A local Somerville, MA vet offers some professional advice on hugging cats in this article.

Benefits of Hugging Cats

There are some very good reasons to hug your kitty. Hugging cats is both relaxing and comforting for both you and your pet. In fact, many cats are little cuddlebugs that will start purring as soon as you pet them or hug them. This is definitely one of Fluffy’s cutest quirks! In fact, that little motor runs on frequencies that have been shown to promote healing. Those same frequencies are sometimes used in physical therapy! Kitty hugs can also be very soothing. That’s one reason that many cats can be found in hospices and other facilities, offering love, friendship, and snuggles to those who need them.

Do’s And Don’ts

Although many cats enjoy being snuggled, it’s important to remember that some of them prefer to be admired from a distance. If your kitty doesn’t care to be hugged or cuddled, don’t force attention on her. You can still bond with your furball by spending time with her, talking to her, petting her (if she permits it), playing with her, and offering her toys and treats. It’s also important to remember that it’s up to Fluffy to decide when cuddle time is officially over.

How To Properly Hug Your Cat

While some kitties will drape themselves over your neck and shoulders, it’s best to try and support Fluffy so that her weight is on her bottom and back legs. When hug time is over, gently lower your cat to the ground. Make sure your feline buddy’s paws are touching down before you let go.

Purr Activation

Although cats are efficient hunters, these little furballs are very small, and often think of their humans as their parents. In fact, this is one reason Fluffy sometimes kneads you while she’s on your lap. Kittens do this as they are nursing, as it stimulates milk flow. Spend lots of time with your cat, and let her sleep on your lap when she wants. A purring cat is one of life’s smallest but most precious gifts!

Please contact us, your Somerville, MA vet clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!

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