How to Properly Hug Your Cat

Is your cat a little cuddlebug? Many of our feline friends are very affectionate, and absolutely love to snuggle up with their humans. Read on as a White Rock, TX vet offers tips on hugging Fluffy.

Cats and Kids

Kitty hugs are actually wonderful for kids. Fluffy is a great playmate and snuggle buddy for children. She can also teach your little ones valuable life lessons about empathy and friendship, and can be a great comfort on bad days. Teach your youngsters to be gentle. If your children are very young, have them sit or kneel on the floor. That way, if your furry pal jumps out of their arms or gets dropped, she won’t have far to fall.

Kitty Hugging Etiquette

There are some definite rules for hugging our feline pals. First and foremost: never try to hug a cat that isn’t in the mood to snuggle. That’s a good way to get scratched! Also, when your furball decides hugging time is over, just let her go. Keep in mind that kitties can change their mind about whether or not they want to be hugged at any given moment.


When holding Fluffy, make sure that her weight is supported by her bottom and back legs. Also, when you put her down, make sure her paws are touching down before you let go. Never drop your cat! (Note: your furry friend may very well decide to suddenly jump out of your arms, but that’s another topic.)

Cats That Don’t Like Hugs

If there is one thing we know about cats, it’s that they are all unique. Some kitties want to snuggle 24/7, while others just don’t care to be held or petted very much. Don’t force attention on an aloof cat. Instead, use toys and treats to get that motor going. Talking to your feline buddy is also a good way to make her feel loved.

Cats That Need Hugs

We always like to do what we can to help pets in need. There are plenty of homeless kitties out there, hoping that someone will love them enough to hug them. Consider donating to or volunteering at a local shelter. Every little bit helps!

Is your cat due for an exam? Please contact us, your White Rock, TX vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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