Picking up a cat the right way makes him feel comfortable and confident in you. Place one hand on his chest just behind his front legs and the other behind his back end, cradling him to make a sort of seat. Lift him up slowly and gently.
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Imagine a giant coming along and suddenly scooping you up into the air, no matter if you knew that giant well it would probably upset you and leave you indignant and resentful.
Picking up a cat the wrong way causes him stress, discomfort and can even cause serious injury.
Some people argue that picking a cat up by his scruff isn’t unkind because mother cats do it to their kittens. This is true, but the hand of a human being is nothing like the mouth of a mother cat who knows exactly how and where to hold her babies.
Young kittens go into a relaxed pose when picked up by their mother.
Older kittens and adult cats need their whole body supported.
Picking a cat up around his middle is uncomfortable for him and children should never be allowed to carry a cat around that way. Even the mildest tempered cat may struggle and wriggle and scratch and the child would probably drop him.
Children need to be taught that cats are not toys, they are living feeling beings and they should be treated with respect.
Picking a cat up by his front legs is very dangerous and liable to cause him at the very least serious injury to his shoulders and possibly internal injuries too.
Imagine the whole weight of his body on those front legs! Yes, unfortunately there are people who think it’s OK to lift a cat that way!
Some people seem to think that moving a cat away with their foot from where they don’t want him to be is acceptable.
I saw a video recently which would have been nice but was ruined at the very beginning by this happening.
The person defended his action saying he hadn’t hurt the cat. Maybe not but why couldn’t he just gently move the cat with his hands? Would he like a giant foot to move him along himself? I think not!
I think that those people who treat cats as objects need to get down on the floor and experience life from that position.
It’s a big world from so low on the ground and we are huge looming creatures to our cats.
All cats deserve to be treated gently, kindly and with respect.