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Hold Your Cat Correctly

By The Daily Cat experts

Hold Your Cat Correctly

You’re good to be concerned, as cats can feel pain when picked up the wrong way. Some very docile cats may tolerate the pain, but the last thing you and other thoughtful owners want to do is to hurt the cat.

One myth is that it’s OK to pick up a cat by the scruff of its neck. Mother cats do that safely with their kittens, but it requires a special touch. Veterinarians sometimes use a similar technique. However, they are trained to lift a cat in such a manner.

The Humane Society advises that you approach the cat from either its left or right side, since most cats feel threatened when you come at them head-on. Place one hand under the “armpits” of the front legs and lift. As you do so, use your other hand to scoop up the cat from underneath. This second hand should act as a firm cradle support.

If you do this properly, the lift is like giving your cat a big, safe bear hug. Cats that are used to the treatment will probably approach you in the future, hoping for the positive attention again.

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Posted on January 27, 2012

Michele says: I am glad to know I support my furry children properly when picking them up.  Love cuddling with my kitties.

Posted on December 12, 2011

mBill says: My vet told me of a couple that wanted to hold their cat the right way. They were young and in love. They took off their clothes and held the cat in the shower. They found there is not a right way to hold a cat in the shower.

Posted on November 14, 2011

Stephanie says: My cat climbs into my arms. If she needs or wants me to lift her, she puts her paws on my shoulder and i lift her bottom. Our other cat likes to be held like a football. You scoop her up, but then she wants to lay on your arm like a tree branch.

Posted on October 3, 2011

Amy says: I agree with you Shayde. Ace go to another website for Dog Lovers. Sorry that you don't understand what its like to have a cat who loves and cares for you as much as you love and care for them. My Cat Crickett however DOES greet me at the door. I think that he has a built in alarm that tells him that I am on my way home from work. Or its that he knows the sound of my truck. On another point, when I am home waiting for my husband to get home, both my cats will race each other all over the house. They will also call at the door when my husband pulls in the drive. They will call until either he walks in or I get up to greet my husband at the door.

Posted on September 27, 2011

Shayde says: Ace - I love dogs too, they are awesome, great companions, sweet, loving and loyal to a fault. The upside to a dog is that they greet you at the door and act as if the world revolves around you while cats are extremely aloof. The upside to cats is that they are independent and when they indicate they love you there is no doubt that it is you they love, not the fact that you walk them and fill their bowl. If you don't like cats go to a website for dog lovers and stop being a troll here.

Posted on September 27, 2011

Shayde says: Laura, try cleaning the box more often. Just like you would not want to use a dirty toilet your cat probably does not want to use a dirty box. I have read that you should scoop every time they use the box. I don't know about you, but I don't have that kind of time. Instead I have made it a part of my routine to scoop the box every morning. You might also want to add a second box in another location if you have the room.

Posted on September 13, 2011

qat says: @Ace - as my cat would say "cats rule, dogs drool" There is a rotweiller who lives next door who is very friendly. But smelly. My kitty has a lovely scent.

Posted on August 15, 2011

Acefails says: Ace, you fail. Cats are epic.

Posted on August 27, 2011

AceFails II says: Ace , my cat once alerted me to a possum comming into the house and she fought it off, Ill never forget that she protected me. They are excellent companions,funny and great fun and easy to care for and they give tons of love. Too bad you cant see that but its your loss,stick with the dog but dont dismiss how cool cats are just cause you "don't get it". My cats are my kids and I trust them before anyone else,and yes my cat catches mice all the time. Who needs an exterminator?! He cathces mice and gophers all day long.

Posted on August 2, 2011

ace says: I would not have a cat! They are useless. But they might catch a mouse .A dog is a much better pet. My rottweiler watches my truck when I go to the store.He dose what I ask of him.AND I would trust him with my life!

Posted on June 23, 2011

Melanie S. says: Jim: It sounds like your kitty is stressed from the move. Be sure to give her plenty of extra attention, treats and reassurance, and I'm sure she'll adjust in time. Laura: Is it possible that something or someone is scaring the cat away from the litter box? If not, it could be that your kitty is constipated. Cats who have trouble going to the bathroom tend to associate the problem with the litter box, and so they try relieving themselves in other places in an effort to solve the problem. I'd suggest taking him to the vet if he keeps this up.

Posted on June 15, 2011

Laura says: Our cat is pooping in areas otehr than the litter box.Not all the time but sometimes. He poops in front of the dryer which is 3 feet from the box. Recentlky he has been pooping in our spare bedroom on the rug!! Then the next day he poops in the box. Why is he doing this? His diet is the same, the litter is the same changed once per week. Please help!

Posted on June 7, 2011

lisette says: i have a boy n girl ,i love my cats's like i love my kids..

Posted on June 5, 2011

Siena says: My cat would let you hold him 24/7 if you would. He is a big baby. 17 lbs, but I pick him up different ways, depending on his body position when he climbs on the chair or couch or sits on the floor and looks up at me whining to be picked up. I hold him on my chest, as if he were a newborn, with his head on my shoulder or under my chin (it's his call). He has done this for years, so I hope I am doing it correctly. He is 12 years old, though acts like 2 (very healthy and loving life). This article is kind of confusing. My cat keeps coming back to me, so I must be doing something right. Every morning he looks up at me and whines to be held and purrs so loud. He will fall asleep on me like that and stay for as long as I let him.

Posted on May 20, 2011

Please says: I've had cats for years and never hurt one this way.  They fall off of buildings, land on their feet, and run off unscathed.  Survive weeks lost in cargo holds of aircraft.  Do we need to be  THAT careful when picking up cats??

Posted on May 15, 2011

John says: you are not specific enough as to where to place the second hand. most folks just put it under the cats tummy, which can injure the cat. the second hand goes under its butt to provide proper support.

Posted on May 15, 2011

John says: the picture above shows a dangerous way to hold your cat. you need a different picture!

Posted on May 17, 2011

Jim Huddleston says: After moving recently our cat has started scratching the bed covers at night when we go to bed. Why? Previously we brought our rescue cat home and she was comfortable in our old house and slept with us most of the night. Help.

Posted on June 22, 2012

Mysti says: I have two dogs, two cats and a 13 year old son. And they are ALL at the door when I get home. If my son and I are out, the four fur monsters are there at the door to greet us...Biscuit and Bianca bouncing around like crazy, Booger preparing his ambush and Zelda acting like she is above it all but sitting and waiting with the rest!

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