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There’s a sup er cute cat holiday coming up. March 28th is Cuddly Kitten Day! We of course think that kitty cuddles should happen every day. However, there are a few things to keep in mind here. An Orange Park, FL vet offers some advice on snuggling up with your feline friend below.
Kitties are quite opinionated, and tend to do things on their own terms. Your furry buddy may very well demand attention when you’re busy, only to refuse it when you’re sitting there watching TV, which really should be the perfect cuddle time. Don’t waste time trying to figure Fluffy out. Just go with it! It’s important for cats to decide when they want attention.
Not all cats are cuddly. In fact, while some kitties are furry little cuddlebugs, many others just don’t care to be petted or held very much. If your feline pal is more of the aloof type, don’t force her. That may only make her feel threatened, which could make her feel even less affectionate. (It’s also a great way to get scratched.) Some kitties just prefer to bond with their humans by hanging out with them quietly. That’s purrfectly fine!
Cuddling is actually good for both you and Fluffy. When you cuddle your feline buddy, a special hormone is released in you both. This hormone, Oxytocin, is known as the Cuddle Hormone. It’s associated with feeling loved and happy. Cuddling your kitty can also help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack. It’s also pretty relaxing!
Like any other pet, cats are happiest when they feel loved and safe. Cuddling your pet frequently will help strengthen the bond between you. That’s very important! The more you interact with Fluffy and make her feel loved, the more interactive and loving she’ll be with you.
One could say that cats were truly made for cuddling. They’re the perfect size to fit into our laps and arms, they’re adorable, and they’re soft. Plus, they vibrate when they’re happy, which is one of the cutest things our animal pals do.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. As your local Orange Park, FL veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!