Did you know that there’s an important kitty holiday coming up? June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day! Of course, as far as Fluffy is concerned, every day is Hug Your Cat Day, but that’s beside the point. This is a great reminder to pay your feline overlord some extra attention, and get that little motor going! Read on as a local Lakeville, MN vet discusses hugging cats.
The Benefits Of Hugging Cats
Cats have many wonderful and special qualities, but one of their best traits is that magical purr. Fluffy’s purrs are very soothing, and can be a great comfort for anyone dealing with depression, trauma, anxiety, or stress. A purring cat can also make a great sleeping aid! In fact, kitty purrs have been shown to promote healing. As it turns out, Fluffy’s engine runs at frequencies between 25 and 150 Hertz. The same frequencies often used in physical therapy.
Kitty Hug Preferences
There are some definite do’s and don’ts for hugging cats. First and foremost: never hug a cat that is in a bad mood. When your furry overlord decides cuddle time is over, just let her go. It’s also important to make sure you are holding your feline buddy properly. Fluffy’s weight should be completely supported by her back legs or paws. Never hold or carry your cat by her midsection: this can be very dangerous! When it’s time to let go, put your furball down gently. Make sure all four paws are on the ground before you let go.
Options For Cats That Hate Hugs
While some kitties love to snuggle with their humans, our feline pals aren’t all furry little cuddlebugs. Some cats simply don’t care to be held or petted very much. Fluffy may prefer to show affection in other ways… like following you around, meowing at you, or just hanging out with you. Senior cats also don’t always care for being hugged. Just like people, kitties get quite stiff and sore as they age. If your pet doesn’t like being hugged, don’t force her! Offer your furball toys and treats instead. Another way to get that little motor going is to offer your kitty some pet furniture. Daily play sessions are also a must.
Please contact us, your local Lakeville, MN pet hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!