How to pick up a cat

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/06/02/how-to-pick-up-a-cat.html

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Probably would not work on mustalids no. Sorry.

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The right way:
“Do you come here often?”

The wrong way:
“Nice p*ssy.”

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Alice Brock (of Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant) has a classic text, How to Massage Your Cat, that is worth your perusal.

https://www.google.com/books/edition/How_to_Massage_Your_Cat/pCdZUiHiPusC?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

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If you’re sufficiently afraid of cats that you feel the need for an instructional video on the subject, then you should probably just resign yourself to being defeated

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Mustelids? Of course not!

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I think it’s less about fear and more about best practices. I’m not a fan of cats, but my wife is, so we have two cats. It’s good for me to finally know that I can squish them. And how to carry them.

Although I never just carry them by the top and let their bottom halves swing. Well… bottom 1/4 when it comes to our 3-legged cat.

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Short answer: with love.

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I don’t think that cat cares how it gets picked up. That is one chill cat.

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There was absolutely no “new information” for us in this video, but a few minute break of watching some cute kitties is always worthwhile.

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I was going to say a very cooperative cat. If ours don’t want to be picked up, within half a second of you doing so, they will let you know.

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I’m more than a little familiar with the “shoulder cat” type. My partners and I have had to learn to do a lot of tasks around the house one handed with an off-centered weight distribution. I won’t let her help me cook, for obvious reasons, but I’ve added a lot of games to my Steam collection that I can play with just the mouse.

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“Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg, your neighborhood vet!”

2:49
Dr. Burstyn: “… squish…”
Claudia: “What the…!”
Dr. Burstyn: “… that…”
Claudia: “He squished me.”
Dr. Burstyn: “… cat…”
Claudia: “He squished me again!

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I have a few like that :cat:

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More good comments here: How to pick up a cat so that it won't murder you in your sleep :wink:

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Well, if you’re at a CatCafe…first you buy it a drink, maybe ask the owner if they have some ‘vintage’ tuna from last week in the back, compliment it on it’s fur, tell it it has beautiful eyes…and see if it wants to go home with you. It’s still the cats choice tho, no CATNIP.

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I’m pretty sure this video has been posted here before, but I am not complaining. I came hoping to find more “wonderful” than we’ve been seeing in recent days. Thank you!

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Somehow I really needed that video.

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