“Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.”Thursday is preparing to be hugged.
~ Robert A Heinlein
Or, if you’re not in it for the long haul, just borrow a kitty for a few minutes of fur time, and leave a nice monetary donation at the reception desk when you leave.
I have to warn you, though; not all cats like to be hugged. I was practicing on my own felines in preparation for the big event and got mixed reviews. Sebastian scrambled loose from my embrace and once he was out of reach, made a sauntering beeline for the food dish.
My other kitty, Thursday, lives perpetually in a “no hug zone.” Unless you catch her completely unawares, she’s not going to stand for anything mushy. As you can see in the photo above, she did not take kindly to my attempt at affection. That extended paw is not out there waiting for an embrace. Rather, it's locked and loaded in “swat, slash and maim” mode. Thursday will most likely boycott Hug Your Cat Day. And I will respect that decision.
If you are a dog lover, you will have to wait a bit to embrace your ebullient bowser. Hug Your Dog Day won’t come around again until April 10th. However, if you believe everything you read on the Internet – and who doesn’t – Hug Your Dog Day can be as dangerous as Hug Your Piranha Day.
An article on About.com tells us that dogs are NOT primates (duh), and therefore hugging is NOT a behavior dogs welcome (emphasis theirs). The article says that “In dog language, a ‘hug’ is used during mating. It is also used during capture of prey. Finally, it's used during fights.” Instead of hugging your dog, the article points you to another About.com article that suggests you kneel down “for a face-slurping greeting.” I guess I’m confused… It’s preferable to present your face to be mauled???
I think your pet might offer clues – as does my kitty Thursday – as to whether it wants a hug or not. If your pet is frothing at the mouth, pawing the ground, or coiling for a strike (depending on just what type of pet you may own), don’t hug it! Hugger beware!
If hugging your pet seems just too ominous, you can forego the festivities and save your energy for next April 27th. Yes, indeed, that’s when we are scheduled to celebrate Hairball Awareness Day. I don’t know how that date is recognized (hairball hacking contests?), but at least a hairball can’t bite you. And no one has ever died from disgust.
I haven't decided just how my kitties and I will be celebrating on Tuesday. Maybe just a quiet evening with a little soft music and some catnip. They didn’t seem at all interested in last night’s live entertainment: the mouse that ran across my living room floor. So I'm not going to go out of my way to impress them.
Thursday and Sebastian: consider this your virtual hug. I’ll look for a Hallmark card to express my deepest feelings for you, but don’t hold your breath. Just know that you are loved, hairballs and all.