For those of you who have a cat who does not like to be picked up or handled, try some of these tips.
- Position yourself next to or slightly behind your cat.
- Place your outer arm underneath the cat’s chest (and belly) and the other hand in front of the cat–on his chest (to control his front legs).
- Pick up your cat so that he is parallel to the ground. Keep him facing away from you and in the direction you are bringing him.
- Only start with short distances — such as picking up your cat to put him on the sofa, coffee table, window perch, or table top.
- Place your cat down gently. Be sure all four paws are on the ground before you let go. Do not let your cat jump from your arms or dump him (by letting him drop–even a few inches).
- Pair placing down your cat with some food and treats. By gently picking up and ‘teleporting’ your cat this way, you can get him acclimated to being picked up, can prevent injury, and establish a positive association for him with your touch.
You may want to begin by simply ‘scootching’ your cat to the food bowl. When you put down food for your cat, place one hand on each side of his waist or lumbar region and ‘scootch’ or lift him forward slightly toward the bowl. Eventually pick him up and place him down in front of the bowl (his paws can be lifted off the ground only a few inches). Then begin lifting him and carrying him further distances. Always pair picking up your cat, and placing him down, with something good.
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