June 4: National Hug Your Cat Day

Of unknown origin, and just behind us on the calendar, is National Hug Your Cat Day. Studies have shown that cuddling with cats can reduce stress and increase relaxation.

While some will say that cats aren’t affectionate, owners know that cats show love in their own way. They might rub their heads against us, knead their paws on us, snuggle with us, purr at us, or just hang out with us. Likewise, we show our cats love in various ways. We take time to teach them tricks or train them. We take them for walks on leashes or in strollers. We lay with them, stroke them, pick them up, and hug them. However affection is shown, the point of National Hug Your Cat Day is to encourage the bond that exists between cats and their owners.

Don’t have a cat? You could try hugging your friend’s or neighbor’s cat. Just don’t blame me if the cat doesn’t take kindly to your attempts and scratches you. 😉 Cats have their own minds about who can touch them!

Although I found one events calendar that listed National Hug Your Dog Day as falling in April, most events calendar don’t set aside any particular day for hugging any pet except the cat. So, you could just use the day to hug whatever pet(s) you have.

Finally, check out the following post which shows all the multiple ways a cat can be hugged. If you try any of them or discover new ways, post a comment!

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