How To Hold a Cat

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Sometimes I get e-mails about how to hold your cat.  So a LONG time ago, I had my mom, my aunt and my sister, Amy, grab Ragdolls and hold them so I could share photos of different holding techniques! Ultimately it comes down to what makes both you and your kitty comfortable – that’s how you hold them. You can also check out our post about how to hold a kitten.  If you have a photo of how you hold your cat and want me to post it here, please send it to me at info [at] floppycats.com along with the caption you want on the photo and I will get it on the site! Of course, if you have comments you want to add – please add those as well!

Hobbs and My Aunt Jean
Hobbs and My Aunt Jean
Hobbs and My Aunt Jean
Hobbs and My Aunt Jean
My mom and Hobbs
My mom and Hobbs – this is how my mom holds her Murphy, so Hobbs isn’t used to it.
Caymus and Amy
Caymus and Amy
Caymus and Amy
Caymus and Amy
Caymus and Amy
Caymus and Amy
Murphy and Amy
Murphy and Amy
me holding Hobbs sitting down
me holding Hobbs sitting down

Comments (4)

  1. Wow. I’ve spent so much time over the years trying to teach others how not only to hold a cat, but also how to pick them up so that it’s comfortable for them, and safe for the person picking them up. These pictures are a good start, but every cat is different, and some cats just shouldn’t be picked up at all. They just don’t like it, and should never be forced. You’ve given me the idea of taking some pictures on how to pick up a cat, and how to hold them so that they are always comfortable. Thank you!

  2. Raina does NOT like to be held, but when I pick her up, oddly enough she prefers if I slip on arm between her hind legs so that her body is fully supported by my arm underneath her! She’s the only cat I’ve ever met that wants to be held this way. Must be something in her Ragdoll genes!

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