04 Jun National Hug Your Cat Day
Here’s some good reasons to hug your cat daily based on some loosely scientific facts from Baxters Blog!
Cats can be a natural antidepressant to their humans. Having a cat’s affection can release endorphins (those feel-good hormones) which can alleviate depression and their uncomplicated relationship can be very soothing.
A cat’s purr can lower stress levels – petting a purring cat has a naturally calming effect. Some studies have shown it even lowers blood pressure and the risk of heart disease – cat owners even have 40% less risk of having a heart attack
Hugging your cat is good for them too: As with humans, cats enjoy greater health when given appropriate physical affection. Showing your cat that you care for them in a physical way is particularly important for single-cat households. Cats are kinesthetic creatures, meaning that they interact with their environment in a very touchy-feely and scenting way. Your cat depends on your interaction, including touch for emotional, mental and physical touch.
Hugging your cat helps them feel more secure: Cats need a routine to feel at ease. During life changing events such as moving, adding or subtracting a new family member you’ll want to give your cat plenty of physical affection. This will help assure him that everything is okay.
We can learn a lot from a cat’s balanced lifestyle: Play, eat, groom, rest and repeat. Isn’t that insight worth a hug? As far as work goes, a cat’s work is play. Similarly, if we can enjoy our work, look after our appearance, get enough rest, and play, we’re probably on the right track for a healthy, balanced life when we hug our little fur balls!