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Most cats enjoy being held, but only on their own terms.
Usually, a cat does not like being held for more than a short time.
Stroking a cat while you hold it, will reassure it. Once it starts to struggle, carefully put it down and lovingly scratch it or pet it as it leaves. This will demonstrate to the animal that you are in control, but that you appreciate the cat's 'claustrophobia.'
If you hold a cat against its will, it will bite and/or scratch anything to secure its freedom.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|