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Celebrating National Hug Your Cat Day

Hello, fellow feline aficionados! June 4th is a special day for cat lovers everywhere - it's National Hug Your Cat Day! Not that you need an excuse, but this unofficial holiday is the perfect time to shower your feline friend with extra affection and celebrate the bond you share. Whether you're a seasoned cat parent or a newbie to the feline frenzy, here are some fun ways to make the most of this pawsome day, and the reasons why you should.

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What is National Hug Your Cat Day?

Taking place on June 4th every year, the origins of National Hug Your Cat Day are shrouded in mystery (as are many things cat-related). No matter who invented it, we all know why this day exists - to encourage cat owners to show their feline friends some love and appreciation.

The Purr-fect Hug For Cats

Now, hugging a cat isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Cats are known for their independent spirits, and not all of them are fond of being picked up and cuddled. Here are some tips to ensure your hug is a pleasant experience for both you and your kitty:

  1. Respect Their Space: Approach your cat gently and let them come to you. If they seem interested, then proceed.
  2. Gentle and Brief: Keep the hug light and short. A gentle squeeze and a few seconds of affection can go a long way.
  3. Watch for Cues: Pay attention to your cat's body language. If they seem uncomfortable or start to squirm, let them go.
Two cats hugging in bed

Affectionate Cat Breeds

It all depends on your cat's personality as to whether or not they enjoy hugs. However, there are some breeds that are usually more affectionate than others. These include:

  1. Ragdoll
  2. Maine Coon
  3. Scottish Fold
  4. Persian
  5. Sphynx
  6. Bombay
  7. American Shorthair

The Benefits of Cuddling Your Cat

Cuddling your cat isn't just a heartwarming experience—it comes with a host of benefits for both you and your feline friend.

For humans, hugging a cat can reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and release oxytocin, the "love hormone," promoting feelings of happiness and relaxation.

For cats, cuddling can provide a sense of security and strengthen the bond they share with their human companions. This physical closeness can also help your cat feel loved and understood, reducing behavioral issues and promoting overall well-being. 

Woman holding cat

Fun Activities to Celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day

Hugging is just the beginning! Here are some other fun ways to celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day:

1. Pamper Your Feline Friend

Brush their fur, give them a bath (if they allow it and you think they need it), and maybe even give them a special treat. 

2. Playtime Galore

Engage your cat in some fun and interactive play. Whether it's a feather wand, a laser pointer, or a crinkly toy, playing with your cat strengthens your bond and provides them with fun exercise.

3. Create a Cozy Nook

Set up a special cozy corner with a comfy bed and their favorite toys. Cats love having a quiet, comfortable spot to retreat to.

4. Homemade Cat Treats

Why not whip up some homemade cat treats? There are plenty of simple recipes online that use cat-friendly ingredients. It's reassuring to know exactly what’s in their snacks.

5. Cat Photoshoot

Capture the cuteness with a mini photoshoot. Whether your cat is playful or poised, a photo session can be a fun way to document your special day together. Plus, who doesn’t love a good cat photo for their Instagram feed?


So, grab your kitty (if they’re up for it) and give them a hug today. Celebrate the special bond you share and make this National Hug Your Cat Day one to remember! Shop our Cats Collection for cat portrait art prints, graphic shirts, and more. 

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