“Human, I have a question for you.”
“What is, it, Bagheera?”
“Yes, Bagheera, it’s true. It would make it a lot easier to give you the treatment you need as a diabetic cat if you enjoyed being held.”
“Forget it, human. You know I have always only tolerated being held by you and don’t like it. I think felines who like to be held are strange. Pepe did not like it, Jacey doesn’t like it, and Marley won’t even let you think about it. That is four of us who do not like being held.”
“Well, there are some cats who like it, Bagheera.”
Why do some cats not want to be picked up? Some of us just don’t like it. Catster tells a story of a feline named Baxter, who even had a behavioral expert try to pick him up. But even this expert knew better than to hold Baxter for too long. He would tolerate being held for about a ten count, and then the claws would come out.
And then there is the problem with humans who do not know how to pick us up properly. If you are going to do it, what you want to do is put one hand on our body under our front legs, and then use your other hand to support the rear part of our body. If we felines are comfortable at that point, we will put our paws on your shoulders and if we really trust you, we may even start to purr.
Now knowing how to do this and actually doing it are two different things. Both the feline and the human have to feel the love for each other. And when that happens, it can be a very happy moment. That is what happened to one of the humans at Catster. He absolutely adored one of his felines, and that adoration was mutual. So one day, he just decided to pick up the cat. This is what happened, accompanied by a lot of purring.
My human thinks that it would be easier for him to give me the treatment I need as a diabetic cat if I would tolerate him holding me. That is not going to happen. But if you have the right feline and the right human, it can be very nice!