How To Hold A Cat Properly

Basic holds

The most important thing is to support the cat’s torso. Keep at least one hand under the cat’s chest, pushing up on its body and not on its legs or joints.


In the leftmost drawing below, the cat’s weight is hanging from its shoulders. “That’s not comfortable for the cat,” says Dr. Burstyn. “Or that safe, to be honest.”

Illustration: Angelica Alzona

In the two other holds, even if the cat is relatively vertical, its chest and belly are supported by your hands. You’ll feel the difference, and so will the cat. You can give its front paws something to rest on, or let its paws hang. But in general, cats like to be held close and well-supported.

Even when holding it in these correct positions, a nervous cat still has room to scratch you with its hind legs. To keep its legs still, bring the back of the cat in toward your torso, as in the middle drawing. Tuck its butt between your arm and body, while still supporting its chest with your hand.


How to catch a cat without getting scratched?

Before holding it, you have to catch it! But, a cat does not like to be decided for him and will not always feel the urge to be caught.

For example, you should never try to catch a cat that is angry, scared or sleeping because this is where it might scratch you because it would feel scared or disturbed.

How do you know if a cat is upset or scared? Simply by observing it. Here are some situations where you should avoid taking it:

  • Its tail is straight and does not move;
  • He remains motionless, stiff and upright on his legs;
  • He meows or grunts;
  • He tries to react with his paw;
  • He spits ;
  • Her hair is standing on her back;
  • He put himself in the arched back or round back position.

In this kind of situation, it is better to wait….

As soon as he seems calm, you should not try to catch him but try to coax him by approaching slowly next to him, caressing him, whispering his name softly.

In fact, Mr. Cat must be willing and willing and confident so that he lets himself be caught without scratching.

To do this, you will have to take your time, find the right moment when it will be calm and conducive to cuddling, and not forcing it. Do not hesitate to try several times, gently and without insisting too much … even if it means repeating the operation later …


How to hold a cat to take care of it?

When you have caught your cat (see method explained above), you will have to put it down and keep it on a table in front of you. To do this, you have to put one hand on his back behind his head and the other hand to provide care.

But to treat a cat in better conditions, the ideal is to be two : 1 to maintain it without moving, the other to administer care.

If you are alone, you can sit on a bed or a sofa, take your cat and place it comfortably and tightly between your 2 thighs by holding its head with one hand, the other hand being used to care for it. This technique can be used in particular to remove a tick and disinfect the tick bite on your cat’s skin.

If your cat is uncooperative, another technique to hold her well is to use a large terry towel. Just lay the towel on the floor or on the table and place your cat on it. You will wrap it with the towel, pulling it up on both sides so that it is wrapped in it. Thus, he will be held immobilized to receive his care.

And if your cat is borderline aggressive, see my advice: How to care for an aggressive cat?

Safely Putting Your Cat Back Down

Now that you have held your cat without any proble

Now that you have held your cat without any problems, you need to gently put them back on the floor.

You may notice that your cat is beginning to get fed up of being held, in which case they will likely start to wriggle and meow.

The best way to put your cat down is to slowly lower them down to the ground and place them down. When all four paws are on the floor, you can let them go.

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.

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.

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Can I Pick My Cat Up to Give Them Medication?

Picking your cat up because you want to check their paws, cut their nails or get them to take medication is likely a very stressful situation for both of you.

At times such as these, picking your cat up may not be the best solution. You need to use both hands to safely pick up and hold your cat so to hold them and give them medication while you are on your own won’t be possible.

Having another person to help will result in your cat being stressed and they will try to wriggle and scratch to get away.

Instead, you can put your cat onto a waist-high surface and either wrap them in a towel and hold them in place or, if you don’t have a towel handy or need to have easy access to your cat’s paws, you can firmly press the cat against the surface. Your hand should be placed flat behind your cat’s head and neck, across their shoulders.

If you are using both hands, your second hand can be pushing down on the cats lower back/ rear end, although it is possible to do this restraint using one hand. The hold needs to be firm enough to keep your cat in place but not to so firm as to hurt them, they should still be comfortable.

As this technique involves your cat being on a hard, stable surface they will find it considerably less stressful than being picked up. This method also reduces the risk of being scratched or upsetting your cat.

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