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Why Some Cats Don’t Like Being Held

Cat hold blogIt’s natural to want to show affection by picking up your feline companion to hold or to cuddle with. But when claws come out, some owners find out the hard way that not all kitties enjoy being held. It’s possible your cat may not be tolerant of being picked up for one of the following reasons:

  • Declaration of independence: It’s no secret that many cats like to interact with people on their own terms. Suddenly finding herself with all four feet in the air may not be part of your cat’s plans.
  • Lack of socialization: Felines that were not well socialized with people as kittens may not be super trustful or fond of being picked up.
  • Fear of being dropped: The distance between a person’s arms and the floor can seem pretty scary for a 10 pound cat. Whether from past experience or otherwise, some felines are afraid of being dropped.
  • Joint pain: Sudden and unexpected movements can trigger joint pain in older pets, which is obviously uncomfortable.

If your cat isn’t comfortable with being held, don’t try to force it. Many cats just like sitting close to their human family members or being pet, which are both great bonding opportunities for felines that don’t enjoy being lifted off the ground.

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  • Heather March 18, 2015, 7:17 pm

    My kitty will only tolerate being held for about a minute. LOL She prefers to sit in your lap and be petted. But not for too long. She’s picky!

  • Janet April 29, 2015, 10:14 am

    My cat Sparrow was an orphan we found living under an empty house. She appeared to be about 10 weeks old, and was mewing very loudly in distress. We coaxed her to us gradually with food and water, then grabbed her and took her home. I don’t think she was used to affection because she has been afraid of most people and rarely comes out if we are not alone. If she hears a noise she doesn’t recognize, she runs to hide behind the couch. She even hides from our cat sitter for most of the time we are away, but will come out if we are present.there. She dislikes being picked up, but loves to sit on my lap and crawl up onto my chest if I lay dow. She is extremely territorial about my bed and growls at the other cats who get on it. She is a very muscular Bengal weighing about 16 lbs so we don’t pick her up except to weigh her 🙂 or put her out of my room at bedtime, much to her disgust.
    She is the House Diva and a tad spoilt and is now 5 years old.

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