How to pick up a cat like a pro – Vet advice on cat handling.

Dr. Burstyn and his feline friends demonstrate how to pick up a cat in a way that is comfortable for the cat and safe for you. A must watch for anyone with a feline in the family.
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Hi my name is dr. yuri burstyn i'm a . veterinarian in vancouver bc and i'd . like to welcome you to my series of . practical skills for pet owners we're . here today with claudia he's a little . one-year-old girl cat and we're gonna . have mr. pirate joining us a little bit . later just to talk a little bit about . proper cat handling so this might be a . fun little video she got talk about how . to approach and handle a cat you know . when i'm in clinics often see people . walking around spitting their cat like . this and it really just kind of makes me . cringe because that's not comfortable . for the cat or that's safe to be honest . with you so i just want to kind of go . over a little bit how to pick up a cat . and different ways of managing them just . to make your life a little bit easier . you know when you're approaching a cat . it's nice to introduce yourself you know . let them sniff your hand notice i keep . my fingers curled a little bit so if the . cat doesn't really want my company she . can't really chomp me when my fingers. are curled to introduce yourself give . them a little bit of a scratch just on . the side of the face like that or a . little tickle under the chin and there . we go we just made friends with this . wonderful little cat if you're just . approach a cat to just pat them and have . fun with them . you have to remember that cats can spook . very easily so you kind of want to take . it easy with them they're also much . smaller than us so a light touch . typically pays off with a cat you can . tickle them a little bit stroke them but . most people try to pick up cats and. that's kind of we get into trouble so . the key to picking up a cat safely is to . make them feel supported so i always . pick up a cat with one hand under the . chest one hand under the abdomen and . then we can lift them up sort of even . forced gently so they're not hanging . down they're not flopping about that way . they'll be comfortable and also that way . you'll be safe because what happens when . you have a cat swing free in the air . it'll often start to scramble for . purchase though be sure their hind legs . they can do quite a bit of damage i mean . then i've been scratched quite badly on. my forearms just with a with a cat going . for a little bit of a paddle with their . legs and and raking me and this is quite . common it's for the most common way . people get scratched either if a cat . just feels insecure tries to grab . purchase tries to scramble up onto . something out of your hands and that's . when you get a little bit injured it's . very little kids swing cats around can . can get a bit of strife that way so just . nice and supported hold them up and then . if i need to carry a cat around . i usually just holding close to my body . and again i'm just squishing them . squishing them into myself you know way . claudia feels nice and supported i'll . put my hand out here for her put her . paws down and you know i can carry her . around quite safely like this and and . and she won't want to get away now if we . do have a cat who's trying to get away . from us . we always squish that cat if you're . trying to hold the cat down whether it's . to trim their nails or to give them a . pill or whether you just want to have a . cat not run off for a moment squish that . cat all you need to know about cat . restraint is to squish that cat again . feel very secure that way and they . generally even if they're really scared . like sometimes cats come to me in the. clinic and they're quite afraid and you . just gently squish them and they'll sit . there and kind of not hurt themselves . not hurt us just hang out and let us do . our thing if you have a towel handy this . is one of the best cat restraint tools . around you can just throw a towel in the . caddy and squish over the towel that way . they won't get a claw into you if there . are scrambling about a bit very safe and . gentle and generally cats are very very. happy to be squished like that now if . you have one other thing i want to show . you with claudia hey darling where you. going. he's a football carry so this is kind of . an emergency way if you really need to . carry a cat through somewhere in a hurry. and maybe there's not much time we're. gonna do this scooper up little football . carry just like that little heads under . your butt in your hand and you squish . you're tight to your body and with that . little football carry you can basically . hold a cat very securely and very safely . because it's really hard for them to . rake you with their hind legs if you're . holding them like this just squish them . really tight to your body you don't have . to worry about hurting a cat they're . very very tough little beasts and you . know just squish you against your bodies . never can do them any harm in fact they . tend to feel more safe and secure when . they're being held tightly now i'm just . gonna say goodbye little claudia and . bring quick mr. pirate in there's . another cat and show you some shoulder. cat techniques . right so we're here with mr. pirate to . demonstrate a behavior that i call . shoulder cats so pirate is a shoulder . cat he loves being on shoulders some . cats this is their favorite position to . be in. it's really convenient for your cat like . that because they're really easy to . carry you around but some people get put . off by shoulder cats so let me show you . why all right mr. pirate my handsome . little he's 14 year old boy. very handsome a little bit chubby not . quite beautiful though look at that face . look at that fish so notice see how he. tried to get up on my shoulder there for . a second so when we're hanging out with . pirate his main goal is to get up on my . shoulder and that can be a little scary . to people because if people are . standoffish or if you understand what's . going on he could potentially scratch . you because cats will naturally put . their claws out to climb so look at him . he's looking at my shoulder all i have . to do is lean down and he's gonna . scrambles way out and a lot of cats are . shoulder cats and this is great . sometimes you're gonna be able to . careful when a cat goes up on your. shoulder because it can shoot off behind . you and run off and give your back a bit . of a scratch or sometimes i try to . scrambler and back to your neck but as i . said before squishing is your best . friend when you're dealing with a cat's . so you have a cat on your shoulder you . squish them nice and tight and he's . gonna stay there now if you're wearing a . jumper or a hoodie something like a . thick jacket cats gonna shake climb up . on your shoulders and be really . comfortable they're seeing people . walking around town with a cat in their . hoody usually it's a good idea to have a . harness on them when you do that but . this is a really great way to carry a . cat around that not all cats go for this . some cats simply don't like being on . your shoulder and that's okay but if you . do have a cat who insists on being . lifted up you basically just lean . forward let me demonstrate that again . okay notice it oh i should show you how . to put him down as well but if you have . a cat who wants to come up you lean . forward and he'll just put himself up . and you support his bottom and there you . have it and when you try to put him down . hopefully he won't want to so you have . two choices one is just to lean back and . they'll kind of leap off your back not . the safest thing to it to support your . little cat and it's lean forward lean . forward lean forward and eventually. they'll write themselves and hang out so . that's how you deal with a shoulder cat . now i hope you enjoyed this video please . give us a like feel free to share it and . just remember to have fun with your cat . you. .
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