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May 12, 2013

CRITTER COMPANIONS: Hug your cat and your mom today

Tonawanda News — National “Hug Your Cat Day” is today! This is where you hug your cat in appreciation of their existence. 

Luckily the name of the holiday is straightforward. Hugs are free and they can last a few seconds or a few minutes, depending on the recipient. Julian my cat would happily snuggle for a few minutes, Princeton on the other hand would rather get one pat on the head and then dismiss me. 

With such a simple, authentic American holiday like “Hug Your Cat Day” you wouldn’t think there would be any drama. You would be wrong. With some extra research I have found out that it could actually be May 3, 12 or 30, or June 4. I do know for a fact today is Mother’s Day.

My mother actually is not the biggest fan of critter companions. She doesn’t get the appeal and thinks they smell. I most likely got my animal sense from my grandmother. My mom is the biggest fan of me, however, so she tolerated me keeping my various pets as I grew up. She even got me my first pet, a black cat.

I was around 5 years old and my mother and I got back from a day of grocery shopping. Those of you who have 5-year-olds know what a production it is to go to one store. Fortunately the store was only ten minutes away. 

We pulled in the drive way started unloading the groceries and a black cat approached us. His hair was matted, he was bone thin and hissing. To protect me, my mother selflessly threw a few blueberries at him and scurried me into safety. 

I watched from the window and the cat ate the blueberries. I then went out on the front porch and placed a bowl of water. He drank it quickly.

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