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6 Ways to Celebrate International Hug Your Cat Day

By Wendy Rose Gould
published: June 4, 2019 - updated: May 6, 2022 • 3 min. read
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The obvious way to celebrate International Hug Your Cat Day — which takes place every year on June 4 — is to give your sweet kitty cat a hearty hug. That’s a bare minimum must, though, if you ask us. There are so many other ways to make the most of this day, and we’re sure your feline will appreciate them all (well, except for maybe one thing, but we promise it’s in Fluffy’s best interest).

Spend Lots and Lots of Time Cuddling

Don’t just stop at a hug or two — go all out with a major cuddle session. Snuggles on the couch, abundant ear scratches, and loving head rubs will gladly be accepted all day long. And every day, for that matter! Note: fully respect your kitty’s wishes, however, because we all know not every cat is into PDA!


Share a Picture of You Two

While you’re at it, spread the word about International Hug Your Cat Day by snapping a photo of you and your feline and sharing it to social media. The more people you inform, the more kitties will get in on the extra love.

Treat Your Kitty With a New Toy or Gadget

What feline doesn’t love the excitement of getting a new toy? Whether it’s a feather toy or a sparkly gadget, a new scratch pad or fancy cat tower, a window hammock or some fresh catnip, your cat will be delighted with their new possession.

Make Your Kitty a Fancy Meal

Hugs, cuddles, toys, and their favorite meal? Yep, this is a day your kitty will remember forever. Don’t break vet’s orders or feed your cat anything toxic, but do treat them with something special on this day. Maybe it’s a top-shelf can of yummy wet cat food, a small bit of canned tuna, or a wee-sized (and unseasoned) salmon steak. Go all out and put it on a fancy plate while you’re at it!

Schedule Their Annual Vet Appointment

Your cat may give you the stink eye for even daring to think about taking them to the vet, but you know it’s in their best interest to get a checkup. Let International Hug Your Cat Day serve as a reminder to tend to your kitty’s medical needs and call the vet to line up their next annual appointment. Staying on top of your cat’s health is one of the best ways to keep them happy, comfortable, and living their best life.

Make a Donation to a Local Cat Rescue

This one may not affect your cat directly, but it’s a meaningful way to show a little extra love to local cats who are in need of resources. It’s also a great way to celebrate International Hug Your Cat Day even if you don’t own a feline. We recommend checking out the local shelter’s website, or calling them directly, to see what their specific needs are. Sometimes they accept blankets, toys, food, or litter donations, and sometimes they prefer to take cash donations so they can allocate the funds as needed.

While International Hug Your Cat Day isn’t considered an official holiday, it is the perfect excuse to pamper your kitty and hand out some big hugs and cuddles. It’s also a great reminder to shower your cat with lots of affection every single day, which we can sometimes forget to do in the chaotic hubbub of everyday life.

We know you’re all about giving your feline that spoiled pet life, and one of the best ways you can show your love is by making sure they’re covered with pet insurance! If you aren’t already a pet parent with us, look into getting a free quote to help safeguard not just your wallet, but your kit-kat too.

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By Wendy Rose Gould

Wendy Rose Gould is a freelance lifestyle reporter based in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been in journalism for over a decade, and has been freelancing almost that entire time. In addition to lifestyle reporting, she also works with brands to create marketing content for their websites and blogs.

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