The back of our walkin closet/storage area under the stairs contains boxed Christmas decorations and such. Kiwi, as a kitten ran in as we opened the door. Of course asking her to come out meant she was going to go deeper, which she did, up and over the boxes. Unless we moved the boxes out, we were going to have to work one handed. One hand was enough, since I could reach back, grab her by the scruff of the neck, and lift her over the boxes. Knowing that was the way mother cats carry their young, I knew it was harmless. Still, given I choice, I lift them with two hands while supporting and balancing her weight.
Today, I wouldn't likely lift her in that manner if there were any other possible alternatives, simply because she is heavier. With the additional weight as she approaches full adulthood, the lifting might not be harmful or painful. However, in order to lift her by the scruff would require placing a lot more grip in order to secure her. The grip might well be painful; I just don't want to take the risk.
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