How To Train A Cat To Be Picked Up

How To Train A Cat To Be Picked Up


While it may seem like an impossible dream, you can train your cat to be picked up. I recommend training them to sit in position for you to lift them rather than trying to train them not to resist when you pick them up. This is a much more effective method of training and will give your cat greater control over the situation. Remember that cats are small creatures with large sharp claws and they are unlikely to want someone much larger than themselves forcing a change in their behavior. Having said that, never underestimate the power of food as a motivator for your cat – cats can be trained for almost anything if there is food involved! Just think about how many hours a day cats spend sitting around waiting for humans to bring home dinner – they would happily entertain themselves all day long if someone was willing to cook meals on demand.

Don’t try to pick up your cat before teaching them how to be picked up.

You can damage your cat’s back if you try to pick them up before teaching them how to be picked up.

You don’t want to pick up a cat that is not comfortable with being picked up, since they might scratch or bite you.

If the cat is scared of being picked up, they may scratch or bite you.

Train your cat to be picked up by rewarding their cooperation.

When picking up your cat, you can use treats to reward their cooperation. For example:

  • When your cat is sitting in position, reward them with a treat. If they move out of position before the treat is given, try again until they sit still and wait for their treat.
  • Reward your cat when they are in the air. This teaches them that being picked up is something good and fun; instead of something scary or painful!
  • Reward your cat when they are on the ground after being picked up by giving another treat while holding them close so as not to startle them with sudden movements (this may be difficult if you have a large cat).

Start by stroking your cat while they’re on the ground.

Start by stroking your cat while they’re on the ground. Use a gentle, soothing voice and a slow, gentle touch. Try to avoid using forceful touches or loud voices. Don’t use a high-pitched voice or harsh tones either—the goal is to create an environment where your cat feels comfortable being picked up, not one in which they feel like they need to defend themselves.

When they are relaxed, gently place one hand under their chest and use your other hand to support their back legs so that your cat is sitting upright on all fours. If you are right handed, this would mean you hold their front legs with your left hand and back legs with your right hand.

You should never pick up your cat if they are not happy about it. If you see that your cat does not want to be picked up, then do not try to pick them up. Also if you see that your cat is scared or in pain when being picked up, then also do not try to pick them up. It is important that when picking up a cat, they are comfortable and relaxed with being picked up by you so they can enjoy the experience together!

One thing to remember is that cats cannot handle sudden movements very well because their muscles are very tight and can hurt their bones or joints if pushed too far too fast (like jumping down from high places for example). Therefore it’s best practice when lifting any animal into your arms: always start off slowly until momentum takes over before accelerating quickly enough so as not cause injury during transit; this way everyone involved will enjoy themselves more than ever before!

After a few seconds of this, place both hands under their front legs and lift them into the air.

  • Have your cat sit in a position that they can easily hold, with their back legs straight and the front paws under them.
  • Pick up each of their front paws and move it so that they are now holding onto your wrists with their claws (this will be uncomfortable for them, but it’s necessary).
  • With both hands under their front legs, lift them up into the air as lightly as possible so they don’t fall out of your grip before you’re ready to take them inside. If you have a towel handy, you can use this to help pick up your cat if needed. Once lifted from the ground level into an upright position where they’re able to hold themselves without assistance from you or other objects around them (e.g., furniture), put both hands behind their head gently but firmly until such time when it’s safe enough for one person alone without any risk of dropping down onto hard surfaces below (i.e., floors).

Say “up” when you lift them and “down” when you put them back on the ground. Repeat this process several times each day until the word ‘up’ is enough to make them sit in position for you to pick them up without you having to help them.

When you get ready to pick your kitty up, say “up.” If you are picking up the cat for the first time, help him learn what you want by gently holding his bottom and guiding him into position. Once he has been picked up, give him a treat and repeat this process several times each day until saying “up” is enough to make your cat sit in position when you lift them


When your cat has learned to be picked up, you’ll want to work on picking them up quickly. Again, do this in 10 different ways. The next step is teaching them not to fight when being put down and this can take anywhere between one week and three months depending on how stubborn they are! Once you have successfully trained your cat to feel comfortable being held and picked up, it will be time for the last stage—training them how not to fight when being let go after holding them for a few seconds or more. The goal here should be that your cat doesn’t jump out of your arms anymore when being let go but just stands there patiently waiting until they are told what comes next by saying “down.” If all goes well then congratulations! You’ve taught your cat how not to fight while being held or picked up which means they won’t ever try again unless something changes drastically such as moving into a new house where different noises happen around them often which may cause their anxiety levels rise again.

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