Today is National Hug Your Cat Day. It’s a day in which cat owners everywhere are encouraged to hug their cats. It’s best to start by petting the cat softly and letting it warm up before hugging it.
Some research suggests that hugging your cat can help lessen symptoms of major illnesses, and hugging your cat helps with loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress.
There are about 100 million cats living in households in America. There are at least 220 million domesticated cats and 480 million stray cats in the world.
A group of kittens is called a kindle. The use of the word “kindle” to describe a family of kittens comes from the Middle English word kindelen, meaning “to give birth to” and kindel, meaning “offspring.” Those words in turn are derived from the Old Norse word “kynda.”