Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
I have to disagree with hal1, and agree with Mitts & Tess. Cats do need to be handled by vet, children, grandmothers etc., and they do need to learn not to wriggle when being held, whether it's in a vet exam or you're trying to pill it or a toddler picks it up. Kitties from the time they are born should be held for short periods of time, and when they get older, say 9 wks., and are busybodies who would rather play than be held, should be picked up several times a day and be held and cuddled. When they stop wriggling, then they are placed down on the floor to continue their play. Occasionally there will be a kitten born that is skittish from day one, shy of strangers or owner, and never wants to be picked up, and no amount of socializing seems to change its mind....had one like that. In any case, it should still be picked up and handled in a similar manner as Mitts & Tess has suggested, cuddled, and then placed down. They do learn to hold still even though they may not enjoy it all that much because they know it's not for long.
Sitting on the floor and dragging a feather wand or cord around you and through your lap, or lying on the floor and dragging it over your body will go a long way to having your kitties enjoy being with you and not running away.