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May, 2020

Hug Your Cat


May 30 is National Hug your Cat Day. This would be a great opportunity for us to share what some of the experts say about how cats respond to affection as well as offering a few thoughts of our own.

Do cats enjoy hugs?
Many do, but it very much depends upon the cat's personality and temperament. Some kitties would prefer that you show them some space and love them from a distance. Some might like being petted but draw the line at hugs. Others enjoy being hugged and hugged often.

Because responses to affection can vary, it is important to learn how to read a cat's signals. Obviously if they hiss or swat when being handled, hugging is off the table. But even if they tolerate being held it doesn't necessarily mean they enjoy it. Be on the look out for subtle signals such as:
  • twitching tail
  • tensing up
  • flat, backward ears
  • fidgeting in your arms
  • eyes dilated
  • looking off in another direction
  • not purring
If your cat shows any of these signs, it may be telling you it is not comfortable with being held or hugged. 

So how do you tell if your cat likes hugs? Here are the signs you want to see:
  • purring
  • leaning into you
  • eyes closed
  • limp and relaxed in your arms
  • hugging you back by wrapping it's arms around your neck or shoulder
  • gently pawing you when you stop hugging
Our own experience
As I write this, our cat, Nickel, is curled up in my lap in the office. When I lean down and pull her in closer to me, she purrs louder and is relaxed and clearly happy. Our other cat, Button, will often jump in my lap and immediately lean into my chest and look up at me as if she is insisting on a hug.  

Many of the cats we watch when pet-sitting seem to also enjoy being held and hugged. Some of them will patiently observe us as we do our routine and will eagerly jump up on our laps the second we sit down... ready for their daily hugs and some quality couch-time.

So our official unscientific finding is that cats -- at least some of the ones we know -- are very fond of hugs!

Benefits to humans
So are kitty hugs good for you? Many of us will answer an emphatic yes to this.. and science is on your side. Studies have shown that hugging your cat releases Oxycontin and endorphins which are powerful pain relievers. It also reduces cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. The frequencies of a cat's purr have been shown to promote tissue growth and cat owners have a 40% less risk of heart attack and 30% less stroke risk. Purring also increases bone density and reduces the risk for osteoporosis.

Huggable Breeds
Certain feline breeds are known for being very affectionate. Burmese, Ragdoll and LaPerm cats all love human contact and as much attention as they can get. Sphinx cats are very fond of affection as well and will give as much as they receive. Of course, there are many cats of ALL mixes at your local shelter who would appreciate a hug and a home so if you are looking for a new cat, you don't have to limit your search to just these breeds.

We wouldn't be able to close this piece without leaving you with a heart melting video of cats who just can't seem to get enough love and hugs. Enjoy!

Article by Mike Walker
Have a great Memorial Day weekend as we remember those who have fought and given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 
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May Calendar

Monthly Holidays

Chip Your Pet Month
Pet Cancer Awareness Month
National Pet Month
Responsible Animal Guardian Month
National Service Dog Eye Examination Month
Lyme Disease Prevention Month

Week-Long

May 3–9:
National Pet Week
May 3–9: Be Kind to Animals Week
May 4–10: Puppy Mill Action Week

One-Day

May 1: Mayday for Mutts
May 1: National Purebred Dog Day
May 3: National Specially Abled Pets Day
May 4: Bird Day
May 9: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
May 9:
National Dog Mom's Day
May 10: Mother's Day
May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
May 23: World Turtle Day
May 25: Memorial Day
May 30: International Hug Your Cat Day

Pet of the Month

Chase
 
Our Pet of the Month for May is our very good buddy Chase! He's a friendly, energetic  and super playful pup and as you might guess he does love to chase things... especially Frisbees with his best friend, Ash! 
Did you know...
 
Cats spend approximately 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.

Homemade Dog Food

 


Ingredients:
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 (16 ounce) package frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower combination
Directions:
  1. Place the water, ground turkey, rice, and rosemary into a large Dutch oven
  2. Stir until the ground turkey is broken up and evenly distributed throughout the mixture
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes
  4. Add the frozen vegetables, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and cool
  6. Refrigerate until using
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~ Nick Trout
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