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- About this article
- Can I Let My Cat Jump Back to the Floor?
- How to hold a cat to give it a bottle?
- What to Do if Your Cat Absolutely Does Not Want to Be Held
- Youll Love This Curly-Coated Kitty
- The Best Fruits and Veggies for Dogs
- Place Is down Steadily
- Pet Your Kitty While Holding It
- How Should You Pick Up a Cat?
- How to hold a cat to brush it?
About this article
Co-authored by: Brian Bourquin, DVM Veterinarian This article was co-authored by Brian Bourquin, DVM. Brian Bourquin, better known as “Dr. B” to his clients, is a Veterinarian and the Owner of Boston Veterinary Clinic, a pet health care and veterinary clinic with three locations, South End/Bay Village, the Seaport, and Brookline, Massachusetts. Boston Veterinary Clinic specializes in primary veterinary care, including wellness and preventative care, sick and emergency care, soft-tissue surgery, dentistry. The clinic also provides specialty services in behavior, nutrition, and alternative pain management therapies using acupuncture, and therapeutic laser treatments. Boston Veterinary Clinic is an AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited hospital and Boston’s first Fear Free Certified Clinic. Brian has over 19 years of veterinary experience and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. This article has been viewed 225,637 times. 34 votes – 78% Co-authors: 29 Updated: April 1, 2022 Views: 225,637Article SummaryX
To hold a cat, crouch down to its level and put your dominant hand under its ribcage. Use your other hand to support the cat’s bottom and back legs, and pick up the cat so your non-dominant hand becomes a support for it to sit on. Then, make the cat feel more secure by hugging it to your chest. In an emergency, pick up a cat by grabbing the scruff, or extra skin, on the back of its neck while supporting its bottom with your other hand. To learn more from our reviewer about holding cats, including how to know when to pick it up, keep reading!
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Can I Let My Cat Jump Back to the Floor?
Some cats will likely attempt to jump back to the floor if they see an opportunity. This isn’t ideal but may happen so be prepared for it.
Throwing your cat or letting them jump from the position you are holding them in will be uncomfortable for your cat and could end up in them landing awkwardly.
It’s far safer and controlled for you to lower your cat slowly to the ground as described above.
How to hold a cat to give it a bottle?
If your kitten is less than a month old and is no longer with its mother, she needs special kitten replacement milk that you will bottle-feed her until she is able to eat kibbles or mash for kittens.
So how do you hold your cat to bottle feed?
You will have to sit down and put him on you: his stomach on your stomach, head up against you. You will gently lift her head and present the bottle to her while holding it on your stomach.
What to Do if Your Cat Absolutely Does Not Want to Be Held
If you need to pick up your cat but they are prone to scratching and biting whenever you try, you may find that using a towel or blanket will help.
Wrapping your cat in a towel is a great way to restrain them while also keeping them calm and protecting you from being scratched.
Wrapping your cat in a towel is quite easy, put a large towel onto a flat surface, fold it in half lengthwise then put (or encourage) your cat onto the towel.
Try to get your cat in the middle of the towel. Once your cat is on the towel, wrap one side over your cat’s back and around to the front of his neck (like a scarf) and then bring the other end over your cat’s back and neck too.
Secure the towel behind your cat’s neck with one hand, you want the towel to be wrapped around your cat’s body completely with their head sticking out.
Think of it like a cat burrito! This technique will help you to keep your cat under control without being scratched or having to pick them up.
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Place Is down Steadily
After you and your fur buddy are done with hanging out, it is time to put it down; but this has to be accomplished safely and gently. The best way to do this is to bend very low to the ground – that way, your cat’s paws will be very close to the ground, if not touching the floor. Its front paws should make contact with the ground first while you still support the back paws as your kitty steps out from your arms. Then, proceed to gently release your hands from its body completely. Part of the work will be done by your four-legged-buddy who will waste no time in jumping down from your arms, once it is close to the ground.
Pet Your Kitty While Holding It
When your furry friend is held along the length of one of your hands, it means that your second hand will be completely free to pet and stroke it. Just be sure that its legs and body are continually supported. The stroking and petting are targeted at soothing the cat and this will make it feel comfortable enough to relax in your arms. It is also recommended that you talk to your cat in a soothing calm tone while it lies in your arms; by so doing, your pet is likely to feel at ease, and with time, it may even dose off.
How Should You Pick Up a Cat?
After assessing the situation and getting the green light, approach the kitty with a relaxed manner. Crouch down to his level—he’ll feel less threatened when you’re not towering over him. You can even gain his trust by petting him in his hot spots, like the base of the ears or under the chin.
“If your cat is nervous of being picked up, but enjoys your company and petting, you can try to teach them to enjoy or tolerate being picked up,” Nigbur says. “[Motivate] her with a lick of baby food or a flake of tuna after every [step]. This will keep her happy about being touched. If your cat is not food motivated, you can also offer a few seconds of playtime with their favorite toy as a reward.”
Place your dominant hand underneath her ribcage (not their stomach). Use your free arm to support the back legs. When you feel comfortable, Nigbur says to slowly lift to a standing position while also pulling the cat against your chest for support. Use that non-dominant arm as a platform to support her hind legs.
Once she’s up in your arms, be sure to remain calm so the kitty feels comfortable. Hold the cat so her back paws are supported—lay your non-dominant arm flat across your torso, above the belly button, to give her a shelf to rest her rump on. Use your dominant hand to support her upper half and hold her firmly yet gently against your chest.
Once you're both comfortable, explore different ways of holding him to see what he enjoys. Some cats like to perch their legs on your arm and look back over your shoulder so they can enjoy the view. Others like to be held on their backs like a human baby. Nigbur says as you explore, pet him and talk to him to make him feel more comfortable and secure. Support him with your non-dominant arm and pet him on his head or down his back with your free hand. Maintaining a soft tone will put him at ease.
For younger children or anyone who’s less experienced with cats, Nigbur says to try holding him from a sitting position first, which will allow the cat to be in control and find a comfortable position on your lap. This is also the way you’ll want to hold a cat to prepare him for nail clipping, so it’s good practice to have him sit on laps.
- It is easiest to pick up a cat that is relaxed or sleepy. If the cat is nervous, it will be much harder to pick him up and may bite or scratch you.
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How to hold a cat to brush it?
Holding your cat to brush it is done in the same way as administering care without, of course, using the towel method !!!