The Proper Way to Hold a Cat


Princess, bouncing into my bedroom after poring over old 4-H project books: I’m here to demonstrate the proper way to hold a cat!

Me: Run, Buttercup!

But, that quick, it was too late. He was in her arms, an experience equivalent in his mind to being captured in a dolphin net. You know, in the ocean, so he’d be wet and in the ocean, too. That’s how much he doesn’t like her to hold him. In fact, he’d probably rather be in a dolphin net in the ocean.

She, on the other hand, was quite eager. She loves shows, demonstrations, and debacles of all kinds. Especially when she is the star.

Princess: The proper way to hold a cat is–

Me: I don’t think he wants to do this.

Princess: Yes, he does.


Luckily–or NOT–she is undaunted by initial failure. She’s got another one!

She’s going to try to sweet-talk Wiggles into cooperating.

Wiggles isn’t buying it. And there is a whoosh of fur as every other cat in the house hides under something.

But WAIT! All is not lost. Except in my bedroom, where practically everything is lost due to the stacks and piles of boxes and bags. You’re not looking at that, are you? Whew. Okay, back to the point–

Princess: I know! ::runs outside, comes back:: I’m ready! I’ve got it! This is the proper way to hold a cat! ::punching the applause button::

This concludes the 4-H project demonstration portion of our program.


  1. Kim A. says:

    It was a good try on her part, but we all know cats will only be held on their own terms, if at all. ๐Ÿ˜†

    -Kim :catmeow:

    P.S. What boxes and bags? I didn’t see any boxes and bags. Ha. (Isn’t moving fun? Hope this is the last one you ever need to do!)

  2. kacey says:

    LOL. Well, my cats don’t like the boys to hold them either. Though they sure like me too.

  3. Jill S. says:

    How many cats are you up to now? My one kitten feels like at least three . . .

  4. Robin G. says:

    *snork* I’m surprised she’s not ripped open from elbow to wrist.

  5. Mental P Mama says:

    At least Princess did it all with a smile. She is starting to look a lot like her mom! :catmeow:

  6. shgrsweet says:

    awwww dookie the cat!!! haha! that was cute! :shocked:

  7. Maria says:

    Your daughter is so beautiful!

  8. Gloria Jean says:

    Thanks for a great laugh to start my day! Your daughter is a darling. I was rooting for her to win over the actual cat as my cats do love to be near me (as in near-as-possible-without-actually-touching) but I’d like to convert them to lap cats. It’s raining here in California and I’m going to make your cracker toffee for my book club tonight.

  9. Renna says:

    The picture of your dd and Wiggles ‘conversing’ is adorable! :mrgreen:

  10. dlyn says:

    Too funny – I love that the best demonstration of hot to hold a cat is to hold a dog!

  11. Tori Lennox says:

    LOL! She’s very determined. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad Dookie was more cooperative and didn’t mind filling in as a temporary cat. :rotfl:

  12. Brandy says:

    There is no RIGHT way to hold a cat. *g* Two of mine like being held in a hugging position, while couple of others would rather be shaved than held. *G* Glad Daughter finally found a way!

  13. Dee says:

    This is funny. It illustrates perfectly this funny thought:
    Dogs have masters. Cats have staff.

    I have an 8 lb. dog. You get the softness and portability of a cat, with the more friendly dog temperament. LOL


  14. jean says:

    What kind of dog is that?

  15. Susan says:

    At least you can say Princess is persistent! ๐Ÿ˜† :purr:

  16. catslady says:

    Your daughter has your sense of humor ๐Ÿ˜† It looked like Wiggles tried to take a bite ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Of my now 6 cats I have one who lets me hold her – now I didn’t say she was thrilled but she lets me – and she doesn’t want to be held the proper way that Princess just showed us – she prefers to be held like a baby :yes:

  17. Estella says:

    I have 5 old cats—4 like to be held and 1 NOT!

  18. Happy Mommy says:

    That is just great! I love it! Her efforts are wonderful and it took a dog to do the job! I can relate our cats won’t let the kids love on them either, but the dogs love it…

  19. Jodie says:

    :cattail: My cat, Bee Gee (pronounced with a French accent), loves to perch in my arms or draped over my left shoulder. It’s a bit hard to type on the computer when she does it when I’m at home. But watching TV and cradling the cat works OK.
    :purr: It looks like someone is starting to think about packing! Woo Hoo! Good luck with that!

  20. kellypea says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† I love cats that will let you hold them. They’re all so different about that sort of thing. Your black one looks just like the one I just lost. *sigh*

  21. Barrie Summy says:

    What patient pets you have! I think I should have my children try this with our dog. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Ericka Scott says:

    I don’t think Princess could hold our dog (he’s a big yellow lab) like that…but Patches, our cat, would let her hold her any way she wanted… :purr:

  23. Donna says:

    LOL That was sooo funny…yeah, just hold a pup – they are not as finicky!!! :mrgreen: I loved how you narrated Princess. LOL She is just a doll! So funny! :mrgreen:

  24. Karen C. says:

    Just like 6 of my 7 cats at my farmhouse. The best way is when you are walking to the barn to feed them, and one is underfoot, scoop it up to your hip and walk fast, they are so surprised you make it to the barn without even a struggle. They want to eat and so behave for a minute anyway.

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