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National Hug Your Cat Day

Updated on August 18, 2014

Cat Hugs All Around

If you are a lover of cats, today is a day you'll want to celebrate. May 30th is the official National Hug Your Cat Day! Don't stop there. Continue the love by adopting a furry friend during June - National Adopt A Cat month.

Cat owners all across the land will be making plans on how to celebrate this auspicious occasion. Some will take their precious feline on an outing or buy a special kitty gift. People have even been seen dressing up for this day of tribute to their furry friends.

What will you be doing on May 30th and throughout June? Why not add some extra hugs for your cat to your schedule?

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So how did Hug Your Cat Day begin?

As far as I can tell, no one really knows.

Out of all my research I have not been able to establish an actual founder of this holiday, nor the true day on which it is to be celebrated.

What I have found is that there are several days when this special day is celebrated. Some chose to celebrate it in May, but most set aside June 4th for their National Hug A Cat Day. The latter would make more sense anyway since June is now National Adopt A Cat Month. However, I'm sticking with May 30th (since it is my birthday).

Whichever day you chose, make sure that you give it your full attention.

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Hugs and hugging back. - Whether it's a human, a teddy bear, pup or a rabbit, cats love to hug.

Take a look at some of the cutest clips you'll ever see with cats being hugged and giving hugs (only about 6 minutes for them all). The one with the toddler will make you chuckle. Every one is so precious, and I'm sure they will make you smile. If videos are not working, click on the links below the video.

Hugs Gallery

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The humans decided to keep the entire family together!Photo credit to by dutianvaThis is a real photo. You can see that the kitty just loves the pup. Photo credit to by Beautiful Calico KittyPhoto credit to by Beautiful Calico KittyPhoto credit to by Beautiful Calico KittyPhoto credit to by Beautiful Calico KittyPhoto credit to by Lauren C. from Itty Bitty Kitty CommitteePhoto credit to by Lauren C. from Itty Bitty Kitty CommitteePhoto credit to by Lauren C. from Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
The humans decided to keep the entire family together!Photo credit to by dutianva
The humans decided to keep the entire family together! Photo credit to by dutianva
This is a real photo. You can see that the kitty just loves the pup. Photo credit to by Beautiful Calico Kitty
This is a real photo. You can see that the kitty just loves the pup. Photo credit to by Beautiful Calico Kitty
Photo credit to by Beautiful Calico Kitty
Photo credit to by Beautiful Calico Kitty
Photo credit to by Beautiful Calico Kitty
Photo credit to by Beautiful Calico Kitty
Photo credit to by Beautiful Calico Kitty
Photo credit to by Beautiful Calico Kitty
Photo credit to by Lauren C. from Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
Photo credit to by Lauren C. from Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
Photo credit to by Lauren C. from Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
Photo credit to by Lauren C. from Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
Photo credit to by Lauren C. from Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
Photo credit to by Lauren C. from Itty Bitty Kitty Committee

Did you know ..

That petting and stroking a cat can give comfort, reduce stress and lower your cholesterol.

Now that's a good reason to own at cat don't you think? So do I.

Are you a hugger?

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Activites for the Day

Some quick ideas on what to do for your kitty.

The first thing you will need to do is locate your ball of fur. They could be hiding anywhere.

As you can see, mine usually hide in the hardest places for me to reach, especially when it's time for a bath or medication. The front porch is where this kitty was hiding. He didn't think I'd find him, but he always goes to the same place! Funny Izzy kitty.

So just keep looking, kitty will show up.

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  1. Let kitty know that today you will be spending some extra time on them with their grooming. Mine love to be brushed, and brushed, and brushed ... Check out their coat for matted hair and trim it.
  2. Open their mouth and look at their teeth. Cats around the age of 8 years old begin to have major tooth and gum problems. You may need to see a vet.
  3. Give them a real rub down. It's a good way to check for fleas, ticks, cuts, bruises, bumps or eat mites.
  4. Take them to the kitty spa for a bath and while you're there, have their nails trimmed.
  5. Buy them a new scratching post or toy.
  6. We like to be rewarded, and so does your cat. Give out some of their favorite snack treats or a new chew toy filled with a little catnip.
  7. Declare that today you will change the cat litter on a regular basis and clean it daily. It's your way of flushing for your pet!
  8. Take a ride to the pet park and socialize your cat with other humans and feline friends.
  9. It would be a good day to volunteer at a pet shelter and consider adopting a cat (or two).
  10. Schedule a check-up for your pet at the vets for vaccines or to be spayed or neutered. You can reward them later.
  11. Have a catnip party with neighboring cats (ones they are friends with already). Don't overdo it though and send their cat home tipsy.
  12. Be sure to wear your special Hug a Cat Day outfit. (You can get it here!)

Don't forget the catnip.
Don't forget the catnip.

Hugs for Kitty Gifts - Click on any photo for more details about the products.

We know how much you love your pet. Let them know by giving them a hug your kitty gift.

Hug a kitty gifts to remind you. - Click on any photo for details about the product.

Gifts like these let others know how serious you are about your pet. Open displays of affection with precious hug your kitty gifts, figurines and art work.

Can't Hug Every Cat Song - Watch how the Disney characters love cats so much they want to hug them all. The problem is, there are so many, you can't hug every c


After viewing this video you may have bouts of joy with the sudden urge to hug cats, dogs and yes, people.

Do not fret, this should pass within a 24 hour period. After effects may result in you wanting to hug your cat more often. I hope so.

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Can't Hug A Cat on MP3 - Yes, there is a song!

Can't Hug Every Cat - Single
Can't Hug Every Cat - Single

Click here to listen to the song available on MP3.


Hug a Kitty Toys & Books for Kids - Click on any photo for more details about the products.

Maybe you don't have a kitty. You can hug someone else's or even buy a toy one to hug.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Ty Kittyhugs - 9" Cat with Rattle


Ty Kittyhugs - 9" Cat with Rattle
Ty Kittyhugs - 9" Cat with Rattle

Kittyhugs, our super-soft 9 happy face cat is cream colored with pink heart on its chest and has a rattle inside. Babies and tots alike will love the soft feel and the gentle rattling sounds. Machine washable and infant safe.


Today's Agenda ...

1. Wake up

2. Eat Breakfast

3. Take Shower

4. Wear Catchy T-shirt

5. Hug My Cat

Clothing Suitable for Hug A Cat Day

There is no way that you or your kitty want to dress inappropriately for this day. Here is a good selection of things you might wear to celebrate this perr-fectly fin occasion.

Do you need a hug today?

Anyone that is owned by their cat knows the delight they bring into their lives. In this book the author shares some heartwarming stories about how pets have changed their lives. What a better way to celebrate the day with a good book curled up on the couch with your cat.

Hugs for Cat Lovers (Hugs Series)
Hugs for Cat Lovers (Hugs Series)

The books contains inspirational messages, scriipture references and quotes to encourage and uplift the reader.


Hug A Cat Wall Decal - Click on photo for decal information.

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Do you dislike putting nails in your walls only to have to patch them when you move a picture? No worries with this wall decal. You can reposition it anywhere you want, without ruining your walls.

Castella the calico's rescue.
Castella the calico's rescue.

Kittens Leave Paw Prints on Our Heart - Click on photo for details.

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I love you bud!  How about a hug.
I love you bud! How about a hug.
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getty images by Jupiterimages

Don't cats deserve some extra attention?

I think so.

Why not spend some extra time with your cat today? After all, they curl up next to you after a long hard day just to let you know they love you.

They care about your well being. Cats have even been know to help reduce high blood pressure and reduce stress levels on their humans. Yes, cats are actually good for your health.

Go ahead and give your kitty some extra hugs, spend a little more time on their grooming and give out a few special treats that they love.

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Proceeds go to the N.O.A.H. Rescue Shelter

You don't have a cat? You can correct this today.

The month of June is "Adopt a Cat Month".

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Maybe I can't hug every cat, but I can certainly hug mine!

Find A Pet to Hug

If you don't have a cat to hug, adopt one of the homeless pets that are in animal shelters near you by clicking on these links.

Online Adopt A Pet Game

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    • favored profile imageAUTHOR

      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      @SimonJay: Thanks so much for your support Simon, I appreciate your visit.

    • SimonJay profile image


      5 years ago

      I didn't even know this existed until now but still this is a great cute lens and if it gets anybody to take in a homeless cat even better, hugs people.

    • Camden1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Unfortunately, no cats in our house - my husband is allergic. I'll call my sister and have her hug her cats in our honor.

    • JenwithMisty profile image

      Jen withFlash 

      7 years ago

      Cats are pretty awesome and they definitely deserve hugs!!

    • Sunflower2423 profile image


      7 years ago

      What a cute lens! I have three cats of my own and they are just like one of the family to us. I hug my cats everyday.

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      7 years ago

      My three kitties get hugs daily!

    • RedShoesGirl profile image


      7 years ago

      Ok so i will go and hug my cats right now!

    • Coreena Jolene profile image

      Coreena Jolene 

      7 years ago

      What a fun lens! I hug all 3 of my cats daily :) I enjoyed this sweet lens.

    • ccsonian profile image


      7 years ago

      I really miss having a cat around. I may need to find a cat and give it a big hug.

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      7 years ago

      this is nice.thank you

    • Teapixie LM profile image

      Tea Pixie 

      7 years ago

      I LOVE THIS! I get to hug my cat everyday, in fact, she insists on it, but this article made me feel as warm all over as the hugs do. I know I hugged her on the 30th, I just didn't know I could buy her a Hallmark card. It would have to be filled with catnip, though, because she can't read. Honest, I tried to teach her. ;)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      7 years ago

      This lens is so adorable and deserves an angel blessing.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! I love cats and they love my hugs!

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      7 years ago

      Amazing photos, great!

    • natashaely profile image


      7 years ago

      I love this lens, it is so cute and every cat needs a hug, although most will appear not to lol! It's a great page, very imformative and humorous and I enjoyed reading it. Will be back very soon! Like it and recommended on google :)

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      7 years ago

      Olivia Felini told me to give this lens a hearty Four Paws rating. Meow.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      7 years ago

      This was a really sweet, wonderful article! Harmony, the tabby, gives it two paws up, but would like you to stop with the hugging already. I say congratulations on being featured on the May Silly Celebrations monsterboard! Well done!!

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      7 years ago

      Cute lens! Every day is Hug my Cat day at my house =)

    • orangegirl6020 profile image


      7 years ago

      @LittleLindaPinda: You and Charlie were lucky to have each other, but it's always hard when they leave us. I'm happy you got so much time with him!

    • orangegirl6020 profile image


      7 years ago

      I hugged my sweet boys today and Handsome Chester spent the whole time giving me gentle kitty kisses. How sweet! Love your cats and they'll love you back!

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      7 years ago

      I concur, you have created adorability from start to finish to celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day on May 30th (and happy birthday). You have me itching to have a kitty again to hug but can't where I, please, add to that list of yours to give your cat and extra hug and snuzzle for me...looks like I've created another new word just for you, I guess a combo of snuggle and just seems right for the occasion to me. I can leave and angel hug for you...blessed!

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      7 years ago

      What a sweet, cute lens! Thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel! (Also, the above gif is freaking adorable!)

    • jolou profile image


      7 years ago

      Lovely lens. I hug my kitty every day. I agree that cats are good for our health.

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      7 years ago

      Now I know there's really a celebration like this! Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      How great to know there is a National Hug Your Cat Day! I've had cats all my life, but none currently. That's OK, my brother lives only 2 miles away and he has 4 cats, so I'll go hug Bacchus, Benny, Jack and Freddie. Thanks for letting me know about this 'cat' day.

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Charlie is no longer with us but he had a very long and happy life. Almost 20 years old. I love animals.

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      Auntie-M LM 

      7 years ago

      Sadly, the only cat around is the rather cantankerous one next door. Maybe he just needs a hug.

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      7 years ago

      My day wouldn't be complete if I didn't hug my kitty.


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