How to pick up a cat like a pro - Vet advice on cat handling.


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  • Lucas Vilchez Coll
    Lucas Vilchez Coll 2 days ago

    I love you Pirate

  • Nidhi Dave
    Nidhi Dave 3 days ago


  • Joseph Crespin
    Joseph Crespin 3 days ago

    I love cats 🐱

  • Laylah Yuki Elementor

    XD love this.. i'm a cat person have 4 at home but being in a giggly mood i had to laugh at "squish that cat"

  • Bean Herna Castes
    Bean Herna Castes 3 days ago

    I LOVE Cats even being man

  • K.C Films
    K.C Films 3 days ago

    Is it dangerous for a cat to love doing circus tricks? XD because I’ll do airplane with my kitty and he starts purring and rubbing himself on me...

  • kim laird
    kim laird 4 days ago

    I always do that how you showed support and close to me also I cradle their feet with my hand hold rest of body near me close. It’s much like holding a baby close to you. I love cats they’re a pure burst of love and good energy 💖

  • Tiffany Penaloza
    Tiffany Penaloza 4 days ago +1

    i love you and i love this video this is so beautiful

  • Jillian Caufield
    Jillian Caufield 4 days ago

    These two are so patient and calm, they must really love you! I've had shoulder cats and have always known to support both chest and rump when holding/picking up cats. This is great for new cat owners for sure!

  • GM Doni
    GM Doni 4 days ago +1

  • Erin Shoemate
    Erin Shoemate 4 days ago

    I think I'm in love with Mr. Pirate.

  • domesticDom 0
    domesticDom 0 5 days ago

    God I love cats.
    Got 7 of them

  • Sepia Smith
    Sepia Smith 6 days ago

    gosh I love kitties and I'm so glad he wants them to feel safe

  • Jay Schanus
    Jay Schanus 7 days ago

    I usually hold my cat like a baby, Josie used to love it, but Calliope is a bit more difficult.

  • Minounette Durand
    Minounette Durand 7 days ago

    I find you so nice, beautiful and so sweet with cats that I love so much!!!! Tks for your video!!!!! xxx

  • Kaspar Lepp
    Kaspar Lepp 7 days ago

    I love cats but I have NEVER EVER heard about shoulder cats. Am I the only one?

  • Yellow Star Gaming
    Yellow Star Gaming 7 days ago

    I love cats

  • Pao Keri
    Pao Keri 7 days ago +1

    Hi there any way to minimize my cat's tendency to charge and bite? I know he does it playfully sometimes..but often he is resting calmly and sort of he decides he want to jump on my arm and sink his teeth on me..its just a small scratch but sometimes he gets through and bleeds a little..sometimes he tends to bite on soft areas like back of my arm or my legs when we are beside each other..

    • anony mous
      anony mous 7 days ago

      hi pao, i am not a vet but i am a big cat lover- i have 3 cats now and have owned several over the decades so i know a lot about their behaviours- i had a cat who used to do that and it turns out she was bored- she had a high prey drive - sounds like this is your cat too- so i bought her a ton of toys like feathery long teases, sparkly long teases etc- the longer the string the better- i played with her every night and she never attacked my arms again- she came to love and look forward to her play sessions instead- i kept them in a certain spot and she would get so excited every time she saw me walk by thinking it was time to play- i spent about an hour every night playing- but even if you did like 20 mins he would be happy i'm sure- hope this helps!

    • Helpful Vancouver Vet
      Helpful Vancouver Vet  7 days ago

      The answer is "probably yes" but I can't tell you how over the internet. Please see your local feline-friendly veterinarian and they, maybe with a little help form a behaviorist, maybe on their own, will be glad to help you.

  • mejki
    mejki 7 days ago +2

    I'm curious what the cat was thinking that whole time xD "dafuq ur doin idiot human" xD

    • Helpful Vancouver Vet
      Helpful Vancouver Vet  7 days ago +1

      Probably "doop de doop de doop, getting pats, doop de doop". Clawdia really enjoys human contact.

  • A Troll
    A Troll 7 days ago

    i want a fat shoulder cat, so people can ask "hey what's that?" i can say "oh, it's just my shoulder cat"

  • spjohn18
    spjohn18 7 days ago

    Don't know why my cat loves being carried around like human baby with its tummy facing up.

  • Cj Pai
    Cj Pai 7 days ago

    I'm an easy person I see cats I press like

  • Nicholas
    Nicholas 7 days ago

    this video changes my life

  • ViRuSTriNiTy
    ViRuSTriNiTy 7 days ago

    Shoulder cat? Never hear of this. Cool thing.

  • walmansa
    walmansa 7 days ago +4

    Claudia: I don't know what's going on, but don't stop.

  • Chris Payne
    Chris Payne 7 days ago

    This is not what I logged into TheXvid for at all just now but I'm so glad I came here.
    My cat is more of a "sleep on your mouse pad with my foot on your laptop" kind of cat.

  • Not A Magician
    Not A Magician 8 days ago

    I was trying this with my incredibly patient cat, he's usually totally fine with being picked up and handled (when done carefully), but he was not having the football carry!

  • Laura Walton
    Laura Walton 8 days ago +1

    I’ve seen some people handle cats by the scruff of the neck to simulate their mother’s carry? Is this safe?

    • Helpful Vancouver Vet
      Helpful Vancouver Vet  7 days ago +2

      Absolutely not. Never pick up a cat more than 6 weeks old like that! I really should make a video about this since so many people have asked...

  • Lenny loves me
    Lenny loves me 8 days ago +1

    This is the kind of information I *need*

  • mohammed a
    mohammed a 8 days ago

    shoulder cat Lol

  • Starockstar
    Starockstar 8 days ago

    My cat sleeps in my arms when I curl her into a donut and hold her close to my cute

  • Paradise Fairy
    Paradise Fairy 8 days ago

    Okay, I feel if I was the cat and you pet me non stop I will bite your neck in your sleep like a vampire!

  • Poppy Finn
    Poppy Finn 8 days ago


  • Claudia Grimaldi
    Claudia Grimaldi 8 days ago

    Omg I share names with her...blessed

  • I Get My Hands Dirty

    I carry my cat like a baby and he loves it.

  • AcidGlow
    AcidGlow 8 days ago

    *Nice cat✅😀*

  • Até
    Até 8 days ago

    What a great video. You can really tell this man loves cat.

  • Cat123678987456x12x69

    My first cat ran away. A stray cat I’ve been keeping for like 4 days saw a rat in the middle of the road died because my neighbor ran over him, he was the calmest cat I’ve known, he probably ran away from his original owner, a really young cat was roaming around and lost herself ,she was scared of us when we first meet her but she got used to us and came close to us whenever she saw us we lost her too. Another cat my aunts cat, I’ve know the cat longer than my first cat, for almost 10 years, one time when he was young he was jumping on the bed and fell, we lost him too, he was more of an outside cat, and liked to hunt, when we first meet the stray cat he started jealous, because the stray cat got as much attention from us as when he was young and he never got that much attention anytime else, no one treated him like when he was still a little kitten, he lost our attention and care because of the stray cat. But he will always be the most loved cat we’ve meet

  • microcowz
    microcowz 8 days ago

    What about a fractious cat, any tips on handling them?

  • Mercury Draws
    Mercury Draws 8 days ago


  • odd flacko
    odd flacko 8 days ago

    Squish that cat. I'm gagged lmfaooo

  • Oof. Abby
    Oof. Abby 8 days ago

    *squish that cat*

  • Little Flowers
    Little Flowers 8 days ago

    "I think I like him but he likes someone else"

  • Kelly Colbert
    Kelly Colbert 8 days ago

    Not to be dramatic but I would die for Claudia and Mr. Pirate

  • Reizarf Egroeg
    Reizarf Egroeg 8 days ago


  • Fede Sandford
    Fede Sandford 8 days ago

    My oldest cat is a shoulder cat, my younger cat doesn't like to stay near me. It's not that I spook her, but she comes to me for a few belly rubs and then runs away, it seems that she doesn't enjoy my company as much as my girlfriend's company. What should I do to make her "like" me more?

  • Rukey Burg
    Rukey Burg 8 days ago

    When I pick up my cat, I let her rest on my left arm and support her a little from the side with the right arm. If I pick her up she should be facing the right side, and I think this is also a good method. I feel close to her, I can touch her a little and I really thought this would be on the list. Maybe you would recommend it too.
    I think I'll try putting her on my shoulder, she would probably like it!

  • Julia-6
    Julia-6 8 days ago

    I love shoulder cats.

  • An Honest Stranger
    An Honest Stranger 8 days ago

    You can tell this guy really does love his cats

    It makes me happy

  • Peter Tong
    Peter Tong 8 days ago

    hmmm why does it feel like "Squish that cat" part of the vid will become a gif and a meme

  • ioana
    ioana 8 days ago

    Amazing useful and adorable video😍 I love cats so much 🤗

  • Noah Collins
    Noah Collins 8 days ago

    love this

  • Tom Thedutchguy
    Tom Thedutchguy 8 days ago

    I love cats...i don't give a shit if that sounds weird but i'm being honest here...i think they look cute, I grew up with cats, I like playing with them and most of all I love to pet and cuddle them.

  • toothmix
    toothmix 8 days ago

    Vancouver! Xox

  • Schmitt Cat
    Schmitt Cat 8 days ago

    My Beau kitty is a should and neck cat! He love to rub is face on yours

  • Jessica Park
    Jessica Park 8 days ago


  • LightningGmr
    LightningGmr 8 days ago

    I love shoulder cats :3

  • WiNEEk
    WiNEEk 8 days ago

    Clicked on this video for memes (I thought that the title was ironic), stayed for advice

  • Fx_Yt
    Fx_Yt 8 days ago

    I have a snuggly shoulder cat. He's my baby. Usually when I out him down I lean back towards a bed a chair or a high surface I never let him jump down to the floor cause he's a fat boy and he'd probably hurt himself or at least his little paws. When I go to clip his nails.hes a good boy and just sits in my lap and let's me do it. I love my baby :3 he's laying down snuggled up right against me in bed rn.

  • Death-kyun
    Death-kyun 8 days ago

    You have that very gentle Bob Ross voice. Please, do make more videos and thanks a lot for this.

  • Matthew Drouin
    Matthew Drouin 8 days ago

    Love this video! but you'll never ever be able to handle my cat 20 seconds, not even with the best technique! EVER! She's EVIL!

  • Red Beangum
    Red Beangum 9 days ago

    I thought this was a meme video. I was expecting the cat to get choked or thrown

  • Vanessa Prospero
    Vanessa Prospero 9 days ago

    Love it. So kind with these lil babies. 💗💗

  • Grinnypicker
    Grinnypicker 9 days ago

    Hello from Oregon! Thank you Dr. Burstyn, for this amazingly simple yet very informative video. I am not really a huge cat fan, but we somehow ended up with 2 cats. Our cats love to snuggle with us when we are watching movies in our home theater room. Often we need to get up during the movies, & getting the cat to get off your lap without scratching you to pieces has met with various degrees of success, especially with our big cat Cryin' Charley, who is almost 14, weighs 20+ pounds, & doesn't like to move once he is comfy. Do you have any suggestions to help us with this problem?

    • Helpful Vancouver Vet
      Helpful Vancouver Vet  7 days ago

      I'm afraid there is no solution, you just have to stay under your cat until he decides to move. Cat life rule #23, its all in the handbook that came with your cat :-).

      Or.... if you can trim his nails, that will make your life a bit better.... Luring him off your lap with a toy (preferable to a treat if he's 20+ pounds) or laying a towel or blanket across your lap to give you a layer or protection all might make your life easier. Good luck!

  • Jerkamie
    Jerkamie 9 days ago

    i love you mr pirate

  • Christina G
    Christina G 9 days ago

    Tell Claudia and Pirate I love them

  • Oskar Wikland
    Oskar Wikland 9 days ago

    Love this video! Thanks

  • Steve Nichols
    Steve Nichols 9 days ago

    Nice guy and great advice!

  • Haiso
    Haiso 9 days ago +1

    did anyone else click on this thinking it was a meme

  • Pan Darius Kairos
    Pan Darius Kairos 9 days ago

    I drape my cats around my shoulders and they love it.

  • Sympalissma
    Sympalissma 9 days ago


  • Garett Andrisani
    Garett Andrisani 9 days ago

    Another way is to hold it like a baby my cat likes it and make it look at you

  • Creative gAmers
    Creative gAmers 9 days ago

    Love cats but....

    Can tell your a nerdy dork

  • AbigailLilac
    AbigailLilac 9 days ago

    I love shoulder cats.

  • Maethova Da Meme Boi
    Maethova Da Meme Boi 10 days ago

    The Cat Is So Cute!

  • David Pollock
    David Pollock 10 days ago

    I love this video

  • ne te zasqga
    ne te zasqga 10 days ago

    I really really love cats

  • shiba inu
    shiba inu 10 days ago

    this is so pure, I love it

  • DrGrukar McNinjaSixthGun

    What a chubbi boi!
    I have had shoulder cats. So endearing.

  • xyanide0101
    xyanide0101 10 days ago

    Why am I watching this? I don't even have a cat...

  • Neurotyczny Kot
    Neurotyczny Kot 10 days ago

    squish that cat :D that made me laugh.

  • Adoknight Mobile
    Adoknight Mobile 10 days ago

    I love shoulder cats

  • cariko
    cariko 10 days ago

    *has 5 cats...not a single cat is a shoulder cat* :'((

  • Felix Patriot
    Felix Patriot 10 days ago


  • Sub V
    Sub V 10 days ago

    Great Videos! I would appreciate one on how to get a cat into a transport box as stress free as possible and/or what kind of transport box is recommended.

  • no name
    no name 10 days ago

    my cat loves being over my shoulder.

  • Althea Dormido
    Althea Dormido 10 days ago

    Squish that cat!

  • Alex Manning R.N. BSN
    Alex Manning R.N. BSN 10 days ago


  • Blackbeard
    Blackbeard 10 days ago

    4:13 "now I'm just gonna say goodbye to little Claudia" *Squish*

  • Adveloq
    Adveloq 10 days ago

    Thank you for a GREAT video

  • AridosUK
    AridosUK 10 days ago +1

    the cat is called Clawdia

  • Charles ho
    Charles ho 10 days ago +3

    Ur so gentle with ur patient, we want u as our personal doctor haha.

  • Denys Vidovich
    Denys Vidovich 10 days ago +1

    Why am i watchin this?

  • Yoram Lim
    Yoram Lim 10 days ago

    I don't even own a cat

  • Eduardo Marques
    Eduardo Marques 10 days ago +1

    i'm dying

  • Koala Bear
    Koala Bear 10 days ago

    a new meme is born

  • Joanna Tedeschi
    Joanna Tedeschi 10 days ago

    PSA... the meme is born. SQUISH THAT CAT!

  • MrScrewIt
    MrScrewIt 10 days ago

    Thank you

  • Lotthawottha
    Lotthawottha 10 days ago


  • Anupam Sah
    Anupam Sah 10 days ago

    How can I make a cat be like MR. Pirate who loves shoulders ?