June 4 Is National Hug Your Cat Day

June 4 is National Hug Your Cat Day, a full 24 hours devoted to showering your favorite feline with extra affection!

Nobody really knows the origins of National Hug Your Cat Day and, unfortunately, it’s not an officially sanctioned paid holiday. (We’re working on it). But we’re happy to report that hugging your cat offers important health benefits, including reduced anxiety, stress, blood pressure, and risk of heart attack and stroke.

Photo: Flickr/sk

Photo: Flickr/sk

If you don’t have a cat, National Hug Your Cat Day is also a good time to consider fostering or adoption.

Opening your home (even temporarily) to a homeless feline helps overcrowded shelters struggling to accommodate soaring intakes of animals, especially now at the height of kitten season.

If fostering/adoption isn’t an option, you can also help foster parents by sponsoring an emergency care kit filled with collars, toys, litter boxes, and other essential items to keep shelter cats feel cozy and safe.

Or consider funding an emergency shipment of nursing bottles and nutritious formula to help orphaned kittens survive their early days in the shelter.

Your daily clicks and shopping at The Animal Rescue Site also help by funding free bowls of food for hungry shelter pets. Millions of imminently huggable shelter kittens and cats thank you for your support!

How are you celebrating National Hug Your Cat Day on June 4?

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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