Kitty Cuddles 101

There are many things to love about cats. They’re cute, lovable, playful, and curious. They’re also great cuddlers! In fact, there are even a few holidays devoted to snuggling kitties. May 30th is Hug Your Cat Day, June 4th is National Hug Your Cat Day, and March 23rd is Cuddly Kitten Day. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to hugging your cat, however. In this article, a Sugar Land, TX vet offers a few tips on cuddling Fluffy.

How To Properly Hug A Cat

Fluffy has laid out a few specific rules for hugging. First and foremost; never hug a cat that isn’t in the mood for it. This may just make your pet wary of you. Kitties get very nervous if they feel trapped. Plus, this is a good way to get scratched!

Benefits Of Hugging Cats

Hugging cats is good for both you and Fluffy. As it turns out, cuddling your furry friend releases a special hormone in both of you. This hormone, oxytocin, is also called the Cuddle hormone or the Love hormone. It helps reinforce feelings of love, and will really help strengthen the bond between you and your cute pet. Hugging cats can also lower your blood pressure and promote healing. It also helps sooth people who are battling depression, anxiety, loneliness, or PTSD. And, although this hasn’t been studied, we suspect that hugging cats can also help with insomnia. Purring kitties make great sleep aids!

Kitty Hug Requests

Our feline overlords have some pretty cute ways of letting us know they want attention. Fluffy may just blatantly jump into your lap when she wants to snuggle. Some kitties even leap into their parents’ arms! Your cat may also meow at you, follow you around, tap your arm, headbutt you, rub against your legs, stare at you, or run out in front of you.

When Not To Hug A Cat

Although many cats are quite the little cuddlebugs, this isn’t always the case. Some of our feline pals are much more aloof, and prefer to be admired from a distance. That’s purrfectly fine! You can still get Fluffy’s little motor going by playing with her, talking to her, and offering kitty luxuries like toys, treats, and, of course, catnip.

Is your feline buddy due for an exam? Contact us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, anytime!

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