Cat Hate Being Held? Try This Technique To Hold Your Cat

Does your cat scratch you when you pick her up?  If your cat doesn’t like being picked up, there may be a problem with how you’re lifting and holding her. I’ve noticed when looking at pictures online of people holding their cat that the cat looks uncomfortable. There’s definitely something to be said for knowing the appropriate way to hold your cat.

Here is the best technique to hold your cat so she feels comfortable.

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The best way to pick up your cat is putting one hand on her chest between her front legs, supporting her hind legs with your other hand as you scoop her up.  It’s important to support her hind legs so she’ll feel safe and secure.

Once you’ve lifted her up, place her tummy on your chest high enough so she can put her front legs over your shoulder, supporting her body like you would a baby.  Holding her close to you, not too tightly or loosely, will help her feel safe and comfortable.

Many cats don’t like being picked up. Helping her feel safe and secure will make the experience more satisfying for you and your cat.

Written by Karen


Karen is Publisher of Fully Feline. She also owns a pet care business in Overland Park, KS called Joy of Living.