March 23rd is a pretty ‘pawspicious’ occasion for people owned by cats: it’s Cuddly Kitten Day! There are few things more adorable than baby felines. A local Champions Forest, TX vet discusses cuddling kittens in this article.
You’ve probably noticed that cats are, as a whole, very tired. Kittens are even more exhausted than their older buddies! In fact, these little balls of fur can sleep up to 20 hours a day. (That’s probably a good thing, as they often spend the other four just wreaking havoc.) That sleep time is actually very important to little Fluffy’s health and development, because feline growth hormones are released during sleep cycles. Provide your drowsy buddy with lots of comfy beds. Cats like to curl up in small, cozy spots, so check beneath blankets, cushions, and recliners before sitting down. Your tiny pet may also want to sleep in your arms or on your lap. Indulge these adorable requests!
Kittens are small and fragile, and they can easily get frightened or overwhelmed. Like any other type of baby, they need lots of love and attention. It’s also important for them to feel safe. Cuddling fills all those needs and helps build and strengthen that special bond people form with their pets. Plus, when you snuggle up with your furry friend, it triggers the release of a special hormone, oxytocin, in both of you. This reinforces feelings of love and happiness. In fact, the same hormone is released in both mothers and infants when they snuggle together.
Cuddling cats isn’t exactly rocket science. However, there are a few basic laws to keep in mind here. The biggest one? Never force attention on a furball … no matter how cute they are. That could make Fluffy feel trapped and scared, and may make her wary of you down the road. Always let your feline pal decide when cuddle time starts and stops.
Not all cats enjoy cuddles. While many of our feline buddies are very affectionate, some are more aloof, and don’t much care to be held or petted. That’s purrfectly fine! You can still make Fluffy feel loved by petting her and talking to her. Your kitty will also appreciate toys, treats, and catnip.
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