June 4 th is Hug Your Cat Day! Of course, it’s safe to say that many of our feline patients are getting more hugs than usual these days. It’s been a rough year, to say the least, and pets have been a huge comfort to many people. Read on as a local Washington DC vet discusses hugging your cat.
We probably don’t have to tell you that hugging cats can be very relaxing. Studies have shown that cuddling Fluffy can lower your blood pressure, and even reduce your risk of stroke. And, for anyone coping with grief, fear, anxiety, loneliness, or depression, hugging cats is a great comfort. This can also be very helpful for children, especially in tough times. It’s also a great way to develop and strengthen the bond between you and your feline buddy. In fact, when you cuddle your furry friend, special hormones are released in both of you!
There are some dos and don’ts to properly hugging cats. First and foremost, make sure that your feline overlord is in a cuddly mood. If she isn’t, she probably won’t be shy about letting you know. It’s also important to support your pet correctly. Her body weight should be supported by her rump or back legs. Never hold Fluffy by the midsection. This can actually be dangerous, as it can cause internal damage.
Some kitties are very cuddly, and would love to be hugged and petted 24/7. By all means, indulge your feline companion! Of course, not all cats are lucky enough to have people who will hug them. There are far too many adoptable pets in shelters, hoping that someone will bring them home, love them, and hug them. If you can, why not consider adopting a kitty? You can also help by giving donations or volunteering.
If we know one thing about kitties, it’s that they are very unique. Some of our feline friends just don’t care to be held or picked up much at all. If your pet is more aloof, spoil her with toys, treats, and catnip instead. Fluffy may also enjoy being talked to. You’ll still get that motor going!
Please reach out to us, your Washington DC vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help.