Angel

Is it safe to carry adult cats by the scruff of their neck?


Asked by Angel on May 3rd 2009 in Other Behavior & Training
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Allie

No, not at all. Only a Mom cat should ever carry even a small kitten that way. No cat or kitten can safely be carried that way by a human and it could be painful. And adult cat should be carried with full support under their behind.


Allie answered on May 3rd.

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Gracie

Allie's got it. Better yet, you want to use both arms, one to support the whole underside of a cat, the other to tuck around the behind.


Gracie answered on 5/3/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Hunter

You can hold a cat by the scruff but you should always support their rear end while carrying them. It is not safe to carry them only by the scruff.


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Lola

Carrying by the scruff of the neck is taken by the cat to mean that they have been BAAAD. Aside from the health concerns, although it IS a way to communicate anger, it is not a nice thing to do to your kitty.


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HENRY DIED 9-6-09

Only in extreme situations, like breaking up a cat fight or something but not for just picking him up, feline mothers do that to their kittens because it is just natural to them but I pick mine up by putting both arms around it and picking it up that way. God Bless!!


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Don Quixote

As a good friend of our family has been a vet for close to 40 years i spent a lot of time in an animal clinic and vet and techs scruff cats all the time it is very common form of restraint. A large cat you may want to support from underneath if possible but there is little to no risk involved for the cat unless they have a spinal injury.


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