We all love cats and often we want to hold them like babies, but that doesn’t always fly with some kitties. Let’s dig into why some cats hate to be held.
5 reasons cats hate to be held:
- Some cats hate to be held because it makes them feel restrained. Even the most loving hold is still a restraint. Cats are predators but they are also prey. That prey instinct tells them to be on the lookout and be ready to take off if need be. So you can imagine how it feels to them to be held and have the power taken away from them.
- Some cats don’t like to be held because it makes them feel disrespected. Felines like to be in control, so scooping them up and holding them can cause anxiety. All of us cat lovers know our cats have an agenda of their own and we need to respect their independence, it’s part of why we love them so much, right?
- Some cats hate to be held because they might be overweight or older and picking them up might cause pain and discomfort.
- Some cats don’t like to be held because they are shy and are still learning to trust their humans. If we want to earn their trust, we need to respect their anxiety about being held.
- Some cats hate to be held because at some point they might have had a bad experience and being scooped up and held brings that memory racing back.
Now there are some cats and kitties that love to be held and that’s great! For those that don’t like to be held, be respectful. If it’s a trust thing, work with your cat to gain their trust. Cats usually don’t hide when they don’t like something. Let’s keep an eye out if holding them causes them stress and anxiety and respect our feline friends’ wishes.