Cats never seem too thrilled with a hug, but June 4th is National Hug Your Cat Day so today is a good day to try. And it turns out there's one cat hugging method that's better than all the rest.

If you've got a cat that will cuddle with you on the couch all night long I'm a little jealous.  My cats will rub up against me and purr, and then plop down on the ground for a minute and beg me to scratch their bellies, and then they're off again.

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Nationaltoday.com says the best way to celebrate the holiday today is to "scoop your regal cat right off the ground and snuggle the heck out of it until it feels the love."  Wow, even if they're not declawed?  That sounds like a paw in the face waiting to happen and it could be bloody.

Other ideas for ways to celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day include volunteering at a kitty shelter or inviting your cat-owning friends to the house for a big kitty party.  It could be the best catnip potluck ever.

And you thought this was just an ordinary Thursday.  Attempting to hug cats sounds like a great way to keep the kids off the screens all day, and the cats might enjoy it too if we catch them right after a nap.

Pets are stress relievers, especially if we can catch them at the right time.