Awwww, memories of Mummy cat. Actually if you loosley (just enough so they can feel it, NOT tight) tie a tie or thin scarf etc around a cat's middle just in front of their hips they lie down. It doesn't seem to distress them, it just seems to stop their back legs working. Like the bulldog clip to the neck, as soon as you remove it they return to normal. Very strange.
poor chap! how would you like it if somebody did that to you?
AHAHAHAHAHAHAH gold. Me and Mel at work have just had a big discussion about whether this is a) cat abuse (we decided no) and b) do we try this at home (also decided no).
This is very good as it does not distress them. I need my cats to stay quite still when giving them sub q fluids weekly. I will try the scarf method first. Thanks julie
It's called scruffing and, no, it's not painful. Think of a mother carrying her kittens: she bites the back of their neck (without teeth) because it stills them. When I worked in a vet's as a teenager we always used this (though clasping the fur with our hands not a bulldog clip!)when we needed to pick up and treat a difficult cat.
This method has never occurred to me. But it seems clear that there would be a very strong evolutionary selection behind it: mother cats have only their jaws to move their kittens to safety, and any kitten fighting that would be much more likely to suffer dire consequences. Cats can be logical as well as nuts.
anonymous again:But, whatever, I can think of a couple of fierce cats I probably would **not** use the method on!
I just hope some sick b@stard doesn't decide to use it for negative reasons :(
I will SO try this when "mah big'un" (aka the vet eating berserker) has to be dragged to the vet's next time. They even tried to have me anaesthetise her beforehand but as soon as we entered the dungeon she was WIDE awake (and shredding flesh and bones) again. (The little one on the other hand travels there in my jacket, meows out of sheer joy when being able to look out the tram window and then curls up on my lap to take a nap when in the waiting room. ;o)
Tempted to try this with Mad Max (the cat who hospitaised me). Only in a kind of theoretical way... I like breathing too much to actually try it on his Maxness.
this is "mother hold to carry baby". cats feel safe, then they hold still. but it's far better to do it with your hand: after all it should be a protective 'touch'.
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