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8 Ways to Celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day

By Wendy Rose Gould
June 4, 2018 • 3 min. read
gray cat cuddling in woman's arms

Admittedly, things have gotten a little carried away in regard to making a holiday out of an everyday item, ailment, or task. For example, there’s “Pick Strawberries Day,” “Rollercoaster Day,” “Towel Day,” and “Hot Sauce Day.” That said, we do love a good excuse to cozy on up to our favorite floofs and celebrate “National Hug Your Cat Day”, which takes place every year on June 4. To be fair, most cat parents probably already hug their feline on the regular, but a special day for snuggles never hurt anyone! To help you really make the most out of National Hug Your Cat Day, consider participating in one of the below activities.

Set Aside a Chunk of Time to Snuggle

The most obvious way to celebrate “National Hug Your Cat Day” is to hug your cat! Allocate a chunk of time — be it early in the morning before you head off to work, on your lunch hour, or in the evening before bed — and hang out with your furry friend. A little cat nip, laser fun, or feather teaser action is always a good idea for mental stimulation and cat/parent bonding.

Take a Hugging Selfie

Spread some cat hugging awareness by taking a picture with your fur friend and posting the image to your social media accounts. Make sure to throw out a #hugyourcatday tag or mention that you’re celebrating!

Buy Your Cat a New Toy

Treat today as an opportunity to really spoil your cat. Buy Mr. Fluff a new scratch pad, a cat castle, a cat hammock, or that fun toy you’ve been meaning to pick up for weeks.

Indulge in a Cat Treat

Speaking of spoiling your cat, we’ve never met a feline who doesn’t like a yummy treat. Obviously considering safety and health first, provide your kitty with their favorite food. Maybe that’s a taste of tuna or a prepacked food item that puts them in a seriously good mood!

Start a Cat Grass Garden

Set aside about an hour of the day to plant some delicious cat grass! You can do this in your yard, or an indoor planter, but either way it’ll be a tasty and pretty addition to your space. It takes about a week for the seeds to sprout, and roughly two weeks before it’s fully grown and ready to serve. Alternatively, you can grow some fresh cat nip!

Volunteer at a Shelter

If you don’t have a cat but would still like to celebrate, consider volunteering at a nearby shelter. Not only will you get your chance to befriend and potentially hug one of the shelter’s felines, you’ll also help out the shelter.

Donate to a Shelter

No time to actually go to the shelter? We totally get it. A simple monetary donation can go just as far in terms of helping the shelter out. Alternatively, consider donating to a reputable pet charity, such as Alley Cat Allies, Animal Friends, and the Animal Welfare Institute.

Commit to Adopting a Cat

If you’ve had your heart set on adopting a kitty, “National Hug Your Cat Day” is a wonderful time to begin that process. We suggest checking out your local shelter or humane society both online and in person as you begin your search. And if you’re really feeling loving, consider taking in a senior cat or a black cat, both of which have a hard time finding forever homes.

Protect Your Cat

If you love your cat enough to celebrate “National Hug Your Cat” day, you should consider enrolling in pet insurance! Unexpected accidents and illnesses are common, and with pet insurance you can make sure that you can give your cat the best care possible, should the unexpected happen. Start by getting a free quote to help safeguard not just your super special cat, but your wallet too.

If you’re hugging your cat today, share it with us on Instagram by tagging @gohealthypaws (in addition to tagging #hugyourcatday).

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By Wendy Rose Gould

Wendy Rose Gould is a freelance lifestyle reporter based in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been in journalism for over a decade, and has been freelancing almost that entire time. In addition to lifestyle reporting, she also works with brands to create marketing content for their websites and blogs.

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