The Cat Protection Society of Victoria has launched Cat Cuddling VIP (Very Important Petter) Sessions for the Christmas season.

The sessions are held at the society’s adoption shelter in Greensborough and as well as being fun for humans, gives the cats and kittens at the refuge some much needed affection and human interaction, ensuring they are well socialised and ready to be adopted.

Rachel Bitzilis, Marketing and Communications Manager at The Cat Protection Society of Victoria, said that now Melburnians are out of lockdown, they’re craving connection and cuddles.

“Simply spending time petting cats can help reduce blood pressure and stress levels, and stimulate the release of feel-good hormones including serotonin and oxytocin, so our Cat Cuddling VIP sessions are the purrfect gift for people who cannot have a pet at home, or might be feeling a little lonely at this time of year.”

The $25 gift voucher includes access for two adults and two children or one adult and three children to a short tour of the shelter, a meet-and-greet to determine the most suitable cat to cuddle, and a voucher for a coffee or hot chocolate the society’s Purrfect Paw Café.

“Forget the socks and CDs – whether it be for a loved one or a friend, the gift of a cuddle from a furry feline is an experience that will be treasured by the recipient for a long time.”

All proceeds from the sale of vouchers will help the Cat Protection Society of Victoria continue to care for and rehome cats and kittens in need.