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‘Purrfect’ excuses to cuddle your cats

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Benefits of hugging your cats this National Hug Your Cat Day

It’s National Hug Your Cat Day today, a purr-fect opportunity to cherish some precious moments with your feline companion.

And what better way to celebrate it than to spend with some quality cuddle time with them? But beyond the undeniable adorableness and cuteness of these snuggly cats, there are actually some unexpected benefits of hugging and cuddling them.

According to Clermont Animal Hospital Inc., studies have shown that cuddling with your cat can effectively decrease stress and anxiety levels. The soothing sound of a cat’s purr has a calming effect, similar to the benefits of meditation. Moreover, petting your cat releases feel-good hormones like oxytocin in both you and your furry companion. Oxytocin, often referred to as the “cuddle hormone” or “love hormone”, which fosters emotions of love, happiness, trust, and relaxation.

Cuddling your cat can also lower blood pressure which helps in reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack. Cuddling with your feline friend can further contribute to these positive effects by lowering stress levels, a major risk factor for heart problems.

Cats are often stereotyped as aloof creatures, but many enjoy affection on their terms. A gentle hug strengthen the bond between you and your cat. It shows them you care and provides a sense of security.

Not all cats enjoy being squeezed. Pay attention to your cat’s body language. If they seem tense, flatten their ears, or swat at you, it’s time to back off. A gentle head nudge or a slow blink are some signs that your cat might be open to a cuddle.

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