Did you know that there’s a special kitty holiday around the corner? June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day! Now this is one cause that we are happy to promote! A North Phoenix, AZ vet discusses hugging cats in this article.

Benefits of Hugging Cats

Did you know that cat purrs have some truly fascinating qualities? As it turns out, Fluffy’s little motor runs at frequencies between 25 and 150 Hertz. These frequencies have been shown to promote healing and improve bone density, and are actually used in physical therapy. Of course, this isn’t the only reason to hug your cat. It’s a great way to relax, and spend some quality time with your pet. What better way is there to unwind after a long day than by cuddling up with a purring cat? Last but not least, kitty cuddles are very soothing and relaxing, and can really help people who are struggling with grief, anxiety, depression, or other issues.

How To Properly Hug Your Cat

There are actually several ways to hug Fluffy. One of the easiest is simply to pick her up. Be sure to support your kitty’s weight by her bottom or her back legs or paws. Never hold your pet by the tummy: this is actually dangerous, and can cause internal issues. Once you have picked your furball up, she may put her paws on your shoulder, effectively hugging you back. Fluffy may also initiate the hug by jumping onto your lap and snuggling up to you. Next, you’ll want to activate the purr by gently stroking your cat’s fur. When your feline pal decides she has had enough, she’ll let you know.

Cats That Disapprove of Hugs

You should never force hugs on your pet. This is a good way to get scratched! Kitties are very particular about when and how they get attention. While some cats are cuddlebugs, others don’t like to be held. Let Fluffy make the rules. If your furball doesn’t like hugs, get her motor going by offering her toys and treats instead. Some cats simply prefer to be admired from a distance! (Note: some cats want to be hugged when you are busy, but that’s another topic.)

Is your feline buddy ready for an exam? Call us, your North Phoenix, AZ pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!