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Popular Online Veterinarian Says You Should Squish Your Cat — 2 Comments

  1. Although I think he makes some valid points, I don’t necessarily agree with everything, including the squishy part. Abby (Maine Coon) and Shadow (Chartreux) are huge cats (not overweight either). Neither are lap cats by any stretch and absolutely will not allow to be picked up. They come to you on their terms and are very loving. I’ve learned that leaving their crates open with catnip-laden toys inside is the trick to getting them in it; they just waltz right in. If I do need to pick them up for any reason, I have to quickly scruff them and support their back end. Once they’re held against my body, they’re OK for a brief period of time (60 seconds is a record). The only time the squishy method has been used successfully is if they’re already in a sitting position and I need to remove some shmootz from their eyes. They whine but accept that it is a needed action and they don’t do much but wait. Once I let them go, they come back for pets and a ‘good girl/good boy’ accolade. Go figure.

    • Nice points. I love your attitude of letting them do what they feel is natural to them and not forcing things. That’s so important. Humans tend to like to impose themselves on their cats. I agree too that holding a cat beyond a certain time is not wise although it depends on the cat. Scruffing is a neat way of temporarily making a cat compliant. I use it sometimes too and it works well.

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