Try placing a comfy blanket on your lap before picking your cat up. Some cats don't mind being held and others are frightened. Try to get your cat accustomed with these tips:
Gently grasping both sides of the cat body, try lifting your cat off the ground for just a few seconds at a time to start. Some cats prefer to be held with their paws resting on your shoulders and their chest against your torso.
Be positive, offer a treat after each hold. Cats sometimes don’t like to be held because they associate it with something negative (like being put in a crate or a trip to the vet). If that is the case, be sure you praise and give your cats treats.
Kids are especially likely to pick a cat up roughly or incorrectly. Cats will sometimes be hesitant to be held because they’ve had a negative experience in the past. For the safety of everyone involved, always supervise children around pets.
Some cats become very uneasy if held while walking up or down stairs because the safety of the ground can seem far away.
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