|Purred: Thu Aug 2, '12 4:40pm PST |
|There are some cats that just don't like to be held. Period.
Now, I'm not just being a bragging meowmmy here, but my Coopurr really does have the sweetest disposition. He's one of the mildest tempered cats I've ever had the pleasure of knowing -- he's gentle, he's loving and so affectionate. He dolls out the headbutts. He'll kiss me on the lips. He'll even give kisses when you ask for one.
But when I pick him up, he squirms and cries. He doesn't get violent -- he never gets that way unless he's extremely over-stimulated in play. But he hates, hates, hates to be held.
That being said, you should come to some sort of happy medium. There may be times -- during illness or grooming -- that you do have to hold them. Just try to pick a very calm moment and try. Even if it's only for a few seconds. But keep repeating it and be gentle when you do, just to get the kitten used to being held. Even if it's just for ten seconds every night.
That's how I've managed to actually get Coop to sit in my lap. A few seconds at a time when we were both very calm. And when he fussed, I let him go. We started with ten seconds. Eventually we got to a minute. Now, he'll lie in my lap and just sit there for a few minutes while I pet him.
That's just my two cents, but I hope this will help.
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