It’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.