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Do Cats Like Being Hugged?

Thursday, December 26, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We love to show our cats lots of affection. Our cats love the attention and sometimes we pick them up to give them a hug.  Do they really like this? The Pet Health Network weighs in on this. Here’s what they have to say.

We humans often assume that our pets enjoy the same types of interaction we do. For example, most cats (and dogs) do not enjoy being hugged, and when our pets try to get away, we often have a tendency to try even harder to hug them. Depending on the cat, she may also not enjoy tummy rubs, even if she seems to solicit this behavior when rolling over and exposing her stomach. Doing this can make a cat feel vulnerable and can lead to biting and aggressive behavior. Every cat is an individual so get to know your cat to see if this is a behavior she really, truly enjoy or is a behavior she is merely tolerating until she lets you know she has had quite enough.

If you pick your cat up and they begin to squirm, that’s the signs that they’ve had enough. Gently put them down and keep yourself from being bitten or scratched!

Remember, your pets count!

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