January 6th is National Cuddle Up Day. Tell your cat! The month of January usually contains some of the coldest days of the entire year, which is exactly what inspired National Cuddle Up Day!
There are so many benefits to cuddling up with a human or pet! Cuddling triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin into your body, a hormone that has huge benefits ranging from fighting depression to reducing physical pain.
If you’re tired, cranky, and aching from the long holiday season, National Cuddle Up Day is the perfect way to help heal your body and your soul.
If your New Year’s resolution is to de-stress, get healthy, or worry less, then Cuddle Up Day is a perfect way to help you reach your goals. Who better to cuddle up with than your cat? Cats are cuddle masters. Let them show you how it’s done.
Here are some steps to help you celebrate National Cuddle Up Day with your kitty.
1. Select A Cozy Spot For You And Kitty
Maybe your feline already has a special cuddle spot staked out, like a squishy couch, or your bed bathed in afternoon sun. Or like my cat, Sister, face first in the space heater.
Mmm, cozy hot face.
2. Prepare The Cuddle Zone
Set up the cuddle zone with the essentials: pillows, blankies, cat toys, treats, magazines, books, tablets, etc.
My cat, Betsy, loves the white blanket, but Tiger prefers the fuzzy blanket. I’m not sure which cat you’re cuddling out there, but select the right blankie. It’s critical.
3. Make Sure You Have Your ‘Nip’ Of Choice
Catnip may be for cats, but there are plenty of things for us humans to feel good and prepare for cuddles. It’s your human nip!
Maybe a nice warm cup of cocoa? A bowl of almonds? Caramel popcorn? That’s cuddle fuel!
4. Plan To Not Move
It’s important that all your stuff is in arm’s reach because nothing ruins a cuddle session more than having to get up to answer your phone or get more popcorn.
Have everything there and so you won’t have to move. Once your cat gets comfortable, you definitely won’t want to interrupt the snuggles!
5. Use Bait
If your cat is nowhere to be seen, shake the treat bag or bust out the catnip and lure kitty into the cuddle zone.
There’s nothing wrong with using a little incentive to get the cuddles going.
6. Assume The Position
Stretch out on the couch with your blankie and get that cat to come up on your lap. Pet that cat. Feel the stress melt away. Get hypnotized into total cat relaxation.
Some say purring can heal pain and even help mend broken bones — and hearts. You’re basically visiting a doctor and psychologist for free, so pet that fur like your life depends on it.
7. Have Water Handy
You’re gonna need to stay hydrated. Cats are long-distance stamina cuddlers. You could be in the cuddle zone for hours.
That’s about all you need to create the ultimate cuddle zone and party. So purr it up!
Are you planning to snuggle with your kitty for National Cuddle Up Day? Does your cat love to cuddle? Let us know in the comments below!