It’s Hug Your Cat Day!

According to the official Hug Your Cat Day website, “ Hug Your Cat Day is one of those pleasingly straightforward holidays. Quite simply, it is a day in which cat owners everywhere are encouraged to hug their cats. The more dedicated amongst them will not need this encouragement, of course, but it is always good to be reminded of our feline friends.

The obvious downside to the day as that people without cats may be left out. This need not be the case, however – it should be straightforward enough to simply adapt it into ‘Hug Someone Else’s Cat Day’.

“So, whether or not you are the proud pet parent of a purring kitty, Hug Your Cat Day is the perfect excuse to put a bit of warmth and companionship into your life. No matter what’s going on around you, no matter how bad or troubling things get, you can always count on your furry friend to be there for you.”

All of the above is true. But there are other ways to “hug” your cat. This includes simply allowing your feline to jump up on your lap when you watch TV and petting her. Cats really enjoy this simple form of human companionship.

Another way to “hug” is to groom your cat with a massage-type grooming tool. Cats love being massaged. It is very relaxing to be brushed with such a grooming tool and it has de-shedding benefits, too. While cats are self-groomers, they need a bit of help from their people, too, to get rid of excess loose hair which otherwise is ingested and results in hairballs.

Hugging also falls under the heading of playing with your cat. Cats enjoy all kinds of games and will turn anything into a fun toy – even a cardboard box that you had something delivered in!

But the best games are interactive ones – in other words, games that involve both you and your favorite feline. Wands and laser tools are a great way for the two of you to interact. Cats enjoy pounce and play type games and will often include a couple of head butts during the games. Which is their way of hugging you back.

But the most important thing to remember is that cats enjoy their people every day. It’s not a matter of hugging your cat, but how many times you hug them in a day that really counts!

-Photo Credit: From flickr by docoverachiever

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