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Do Cats Like To Be Hugged?


Discussing Where Cats Draw The Line When It Comes To Affection

Who doesn’t love a good hug? Most people enjoy the feeling and comfort of a good hug from a loved one. However, that’s not always the case when it comes to our pets. Whether or not a pet is receptive to being hugged is dependent on several factors. The type of pet, the personality and temperament of the pet, the relationship between the person and the pet, even the location all play a part in how a pet will respond to being hugged. This article will specifically discuss cats and how they feel about being hugged.

How Cats React

Every pet is a little different. From personality, to temperament, background, and even personal interests, no two pets are exactly alike. Because of this, every cat is going to react a little differently to being hugged. Here at ParaMount Pet Care, we don’t like to generalize pet behavior and/or habits. However, based on our years of pet sitting experience, house cats typically don’t like to be hugged. This is because of cats’ independent nature and tendencies. Most cats enjoy their independence and will come to you when they want attention. This doesn’t apply to all cats of course as it really comes down to the cat’s personality and the circumstances. For more information regarding cat behavior and tendencies, check out the official Petmd website

The Circumstances

How your cat reacts to being hugged will also depend on the circumstances of the hug itself. If your cat is in a particularly bad mood, say just after a vet appointment, they probably won’t be very receptive to hugs. On the contrary, if your cat is in a good mood (like snuggling on the couch with you), then they will probably be much more receptive to a hug. A cat’s overall environment also plays a big role in their willingness to be hugged. Loud noises, new people or pets in the house, and changes of scenery in the house can lead to anxiety and/or stress in cats. A stressed out or anxious cat is less likely to want a hug. But, if you create a comfortable and relaxing environment for your cat, they may be more open to receiving a hug.

Personal Space

When it comes to a cat’s willingness to be hugged, the biggest obstacle is personal space. As previously mentioned, cats are very independent by nature. Most cats love attention, but it typically has to be on their own terms. Never try to force your hugs on a cat as they will most likely react with claws and/or bites. Instead, let them come to you when they are in a good mood and slowly work your way up to a hug. With enough patience and determination, they will hug you back. 

Breeds Matter

The breed of cat also plays a huge part into a cats’ reception to being hugged. For example, Ragdoll cats are well known for being exceptionally friendly and affectionate compared to other breeds of cats. This doesn’t necessarily mean that other breeds of cats don’t enjoy hugs. But, it does mean that some breeds of cats are more predisposed to hugging than others. Your cat’s breed is something to keep in mind when attempting to give them a hug. To learn more about hugging your cat, check out our previous article called National Hug Your Cat Day.

Different Ways To Express Your Love

Some cats will enjoy being hugged and some cats will not. There are a lot of variables that go into how well they will respond. Regardless of how your cat responds to hugs, remember that there are plenty of other ways to express your love for them. You can try giving your cat treats, gifts, or just some good scratches behind the ears. We all love our pets and it’s important to express it in a variety of ways.