International Hug Your Cat Day is coming up May 30th. Of course, we think kitties should be hugged every day. One might even argue that Fluffy’s main job is providing her humans with lots of snuggles! Read on as a Bourne, MA vet lists some great reasons to hug your feline friend.
It would be a massive understatement to say that this year has been stressful. Hugging cats is one of the best things you can do to soothe yourself in troubled times. Kitty snuggles can be helpful for kids, who are also frightened and upset by the events of the last few months. Fluffy may also make a great napping buddy. This is great if you or a loved one is recuperating from illness.
Did you know that there are actually some physical benefits to hugging cats? Studies have shown that cuddling up with a purring feline can lower our blood pressure, and helps people cope with loneliness, illness, or stress. In fact, kitties purr at specific frequencies that have been shown to help promote healing and increase bone density.
Kitties may pretend to be aloof, but they are actually very emotional, and need to feel loved to truly be happy. Hugging Fluffy will reassure her that she is safe, cared for, and perhaps a bit pampered. In fact, when you hug your feline pal, special hormones and endorphins are released in both of you. This will strengthen that special bond of love between you.
Our feline buddies are very tired, and can sleep up to 20 hours a day. Of course, cats really aren’t very picky about where they crash out. You may have to relocate your kitty if she’s sleeping on top of something you need. Make these trips more pleasant for your pet by offering her some hugs as you gently move her.
Cats have many jobs. Fluffy is a therapist, comedian, philosopher, sunbeam collector, reading buddy, playmate, lap warmer, hunter, pillow, blanket, and entertainer. However, one of your pet’s most important duties is simply being a cuddle buddy. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try hugging your cat. Snuggling up with a purring kitty is very relaxing!
As your Bourne, MA vet clinic, we’re dedicated to helping our community through this tough year. Please reach out if we can be of assistance.