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


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  • JE ENN
    JE ENN 3 days ago

    give me a cat

  • Lorrene Baum-Davis
    Lorrene Baum-Davis 3 days ago

    I absolutely LOVE your videos. I have shared your pilling video with all of my cat loving friends. Thanks for these.

  • maya ayalla Weissberg

    This video will change my relationship with my Petel! Thank you!

  • T Palmer
    T Palmer 3 days ago

    I had cats for years . I'm still learning.

  • YumeOw
    YumeOw 3 days ago

    shoulder cats! I want a shoulder cat! XD

  • Gabi Chan ツ
    Gabi Chan ツ 3 days ago

    I tried this xD but my cat is fat and it didn't really work... But thanks for teaching me ;)

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  • Elsa Labouret
    Elsa Labouret 3 days ago

    Thank you Claudia and Pirate for your help explaining this! You're very beautiful!

  • Starchild91
    Starchild91 3 days ago +1

    I thought it was normal to pick up a cat by gentle swooping one hand under its bum/back legs, one arm on its chest, and gently resting it on your chest/shoulder. That way it's safe and secure, the cat feels like it's in control but can jump away if it wants to. Unless you don't want the cat to leave your grip for safety reasons, then sure, other rules apply... If my future kids ever play with a cat or hold it like at 1:44 they're in big fucking trouble. And so are other people's kids and their parents if I see them carrying an animal like that. It's not cute. It's mean. [/angry rant caused by cuteness overload]

  • World In Progress
    World In Progress 3 days ago

    Thanks. I've had cats for many years. But it's always nice to have someone help me improve how I handle them.

  • Tiny The Weirdo
    Tiny The Weirdo 3 days ago

    Doctor: *slaps roof of cat scratch* That's a lot of damage 1:48

  • *RaMeJ Animz*
    *RaMeJ Animz* 3 days ago

    My cat died in june 11 2018
    Can i get respect😢

  • Martins
    Martins 3 days ago

    that giggle on 6:30

  • L Franco
    L Franco 4 days ago +1

    All cats respond to "Feester".

  • NeoN Atary
    NeoN Atary 4 days ago

    I loveee your videos thank you very much

    SHADOWWOLF77 4 days ago

    Such a calm cat she is.
    The male one seemed a bit more tense.

  • Ásgeir Ásgeirsson
    Ásgeir Ásgeirsson 4 days ago

    I pick up my cats like a baby

  • Catherine Vicente
    Catherine Vicente 4 days ago

    Cat: how long are we doing this hooman???

  • Nosy Hausfrau
    Nosy Hausfrau 4 days ago

    I love Mr. Pirate. My tabby, Mr. Meowgi, is a shoulder cat. It took me a year or so before I realized how to let him jump up, as demonstrated here. I've learned to only do that when HE wants to jump up. If he doesn't initiate that, I know it's not the best time because he's likely in "crazy mode" and if put on my shoulder in that state he will continue the journey down the back (ouch). Thanks for sharing this info.

  • Mansour
    Mansour 4 days ago +1

    Pirate is 14 years old! He is older than me

  • Jason Parker
    Jason Parker 4 days ago

    3:39 is it a cat or a whale? :D :D :D

  • Matthew Ryan
    Matthew Ryan 4 days ago

    That black and white cat is like WHYYY?

  • Can Ali Tomruk
    Can Ali Tomruk 4 days ago

    That's good cat-squishing

  • Richard Parker
    Richard Parker 4 days ago

    Squish those little bastards.

  • Evie Jynx
    Evie Jynx 4 days ago


  • Alone B.V.F.
    Alone B.V.F. 4 days ago

    My cat likes to lay on my dads shoulders and lick his ear

  • Jana L
    Jana L 4 days ago

    where can I get me a sweet lil shoulder cat like that

    • Jana L
      Jana L 4 days ago

      also Sir I love you will you be my dad

  • Sparsh Bansal
    Sparsh Bansal 4 days ago +1

    Cats pick their own children by the neck. That's not uncomfortable?

  • Sean124 Video Archive 2015 - 2018

    squish that cat

  • rkgk1517
    rkgk1517 4 days ago

    A human who loves animals becomes more and more loveable to other humans. This vet is adorable because of his love for the cats!

  • Syd Perkins
    Syd Perkins 4 days ago

    Aww 😊 my little Stewart looks just like Claudia! And he’s definitely a shoulder cat

  • Ainiey Zainal
    Ainiey Zainal 4 days ago

    My cat is a shoulder cat. I always want my cat to carry him like a baby, but he doesn't like it 😂 my cat literally jump straight to my shoulder if he want. 😋

  • Math !
    Math ! 4 days ago

    "What are you gonna do, squish me?"

  • Mos Baked
    Mos Baked 4 days ago +1

    Ohhh man I wish my cat was a shoulder cat so bad.

  • Melly Mell
    Melly Mell 4 days ago

    Imma make a whole rap song called "squish that cat cause the cats they like to get squished like that" ayyyeee!!! 😂😂😂💖💖💖

  • mahchymk93
    mahchymk93 5 days ago

    FFFFFUCK mr pirate is thiccccc

  • mahchymk93
    mahchymk93 5 days ago

    Instructions were not clear, now I have a dog

  • Lucy g
    Lucy g 5 days ago

    4:14 that poor cat😂😭😂

  • other side
    other side 5 days ago

    why do i find this so funny? 😂😂😂😂 but useful 💕 what an animal lover

  • St Kr
    St Kr 5 days ago

    My cat wants you to do a video on how to get humans to stop grabbing them and squishing them or holding them like a damn football.

  • Bored Bish
    Bored Bish 5 days ago

    *squish that cats ass*

  • Bored Bish
    Bored Bish 5 days ago


  • Lacey Novak
    Lacey Novak 5 days ago

    Okay!! At first I just laughed at “squish that cat!” But then I used it on my cat who hates getting her nails clipped and it totally worked! Thank you!!

  • DaneArcher2000
    DaneArcher2000 5 days ago

    Great video, thanks so much!

  • The_ kylecrafter
    The_ kylecrafter 5 days ago

    At first I thought this guy was crazy but after I tryed it with my cat I was supprised to find that it works

  • xolitrias
    xolitrias 5 days ago


  • katerTONY1
    katerTONY1 5 days ago

    oh I never saw that bevore. A shoulder cat! This is so great, wonderfull,

  • blueconversechucks
    blueconversechucks 5 days ago

    I put my left hand under their rib cage just behind their elbows and scoop up their back feet with my right hand. That way their weight is secure on their feet on my right hand and I can squish them against my chest with my left hand.
    I think he is wrong when you say if you squish them, they'll stay still. Once a cat really wants to get back down on the floor, they are gonna make it happen. Just let them go.

  • DymDym
    DymDym 6 days ago +1

    Unsure if this is true for all cats, but mine certainly wants his back legs supported when picked up.. sometimes other people pick him up and they do everything right but they haven't given him an arm/hand to put his back feet on so he jumps down. If he's feeling fully supported though he'll happily settle down in your arms and have a nap while you carry him!

  • HERA Joon
    HERA Joon 6 days ago

    i have watched this before and the 'squish that cat' got stuck in my brain. So whenever i handle my cat, i say squish that cat, squish. that. cat. I did not even know it became a meme HAHAHAHAHA

  • busymike
    busymike 6 days ago +1

    I love squishing cats

  • Phoenix Rayne
    Phoenix Rayne 6 days ago +1

    sQuIsH tHaT cAt

  • Kelly Angus
    Kelly Angus 6 days ago +1

    omg the second cat is such a good boy. so cute. i love him. he just wants a shoulder

  • TheNakedeyes78
    TheNakedeyes78 6 days ago

    I am a cat lover since I can remember I’am 39 yrs old I have two cats whom I really love with all I can think of both are rescue since they wore weeks old under a month very spoil and have had all but they are stank don’t like be touch and or hold why?!?!? But yet my father owns a towing company and a auto repair shop and he has a cat that came in and made his way into the shop we all love him ... the cat is so adorable & beg you to be touched him very crazy for what is wrong with my cats?!?! They love me but at the same time it’s like don’t fucking touch me! I hate it will bite me both are very weird I think 🤔 but i love them no matter what! Ughhh! Why do they bite the heck of me ?!?! Luky is 11 and Pelu 8 yrs old 😁

  • brian554xx
    brian554xx 6 days ago

    What works for me is kind of an inversion of the football tuck shown in this video:
    With your more dexterous hand, scoop up their back feet in a kind of underhand position, fingers closer to your torso than your wrist is. I find the grip easier if I picture the back half of a rabbit instead of a cat. They should be able to support themselves on your hand while their claws stick out just out of reach of your skin.
    In a similar position, wrap your other hand around to pick up their chest from the side away from your torso. As you straighten up, their front legs get pulled comfortably between your forearm and your torso. You can reposition to support more of their body like they are on the arm of a chair, but be careful not to expose your hand to being grazed by a tooth in a well-aimed lunge.

    This position works in any combination of your demeanor and the cat's demeanor, but it will be a better experience for both of you if you keep the following in mind.
    Use firm-but-kind movements like a momma cat trying to keep her kittens safe. If you've ever seen a cat train her kittens to use the litter box, emulate that. (I have no idea how to describe it!) If the cat senses anything predatory in your movements, you will find out in a hurry what makes them successful in the wild.
    Why it works:
    They don't feel threatened, they are in a reasonably comfortable position, and they very clearly can't go anywhere without your permission. They'll test that last part several times before they let themselves relax. This is where momma cat mode helps reduce the resentment they'll feel for having to submit to your will. Done well, the cat will see it as a negotiation with a superior negotiator.

  • Richard Taylor
    Richard Taylor 7 days ago

    Very nice video and great information. Thank you!

  • Morgan Freeman
    Morgan Freeman 7 days ago

    i have had the same cat for 17 years and i have definitely pulled the squish maneuver while giving her a bath hahahaha

  • Autumn Foox
    Autumn Foox 7 days ago +1

    Take a shot every time he says *squish* or *squishing*

  • Nemo Andersson
    Nemo Andersson 7 days ago


  • Bleach Chan
    Bleach Chan 7 days ago

    On the episode of SQUISH DAT CAT

  • Fmono
    Fmono 7 days ago

    Plot twist: the cat is a paid actor

  • lutschi futschi
    lutschi futschi 7 days ago

    Claudia be like: "Come one bro, i know you dont wanna hurt me but please dont squish me dude." Btw, my cat is a shoulder cat. I love my that dude.

  • thewestwardsky
    thewestwardsky 7 days ago

    my brother and i always picked up our two cats (boy and girl) by supporting their hind legs on our open right palm, while holding our left palms in a semicircle around their chest. this way they would usually hang their front legs over the index finger of the left palm, like you would lean out a car window to look cool. i suppose you could hold a rabbit this way too. maybe our cats thought they were rabbits.

  • Carlos Escalante
    Carlos Escalante 7 days ago

    Wow, excellent and very valuable information on this video, thanks Dr. Burstyn!

  • Jeffery HUNG
    Jeffery HUNG 7 days ago


  • Gildara Art
    Gildara Art 7 days ago

    I used to be a little worried seeing how much vet staff would "squish the cat" until they explained how loose and flexible cat joints are. I already knew they could squeeze through impossible places but just didn't put that fact together!

  • João Gadelha
    João Gadelha 7 days ago

    I dont even own a cat wtf

  • Sudipta98M
    Sudipta98M 7 days ago

    But, poor cat! jst look at his face...

    NTH THN 7 days ago +1

    Ohhh that's very logical actually!

  • Omega3131
    Omega3131 7 days ago +1

    WOW, 5M views. Gratz!

  • BennYCVEVO
    BennYCVEVO 7 days ago

    Why the fuck is this in my recommended?

  • Hurricane622
    Hurricane622 7 days ago

    Beautiful, Dr. Burstyn! :D

  • Stop Motion with beanies and ag yello

    like this if your cat indoor cat also meows for the window to be open so they can look outside

  • Spital Helles
    Spital Helles 13 days ago

    Clawdia xD

  • Jenine Van 't Wout
    Jenine Van 't Wout 13 days ago +1

    What am I doing here? It's 1AM. I don't even have a cat

  • Taco Crisma
    Taco Crisma 13 days ago +1

    Lol shes SUPER tolerant

  • B Y
    B Y 13 days ago +1


  • sKahara
    sKahara 13 days ago +1

    Did this vet just say
    Cringe ....

  • he he
    he he 13 days ago +1

    squish that c a t


    squish thaT cAt

  • Max Mustermann
    Max Mustermann 13 days ago


  • N
    N 13 days ago +4

    Love it. Very sweet vet. Thank you ❤️🐾

  • Jyrem Warres
    Jyrem Warres 14 days ago


  • Delaney Roberts
    Delaney Roberts 15 days ago +1

    He kinda looks like a young Christian Slater

  • breer
    breer 16 days ago

    my cat is exactly like pirate with his constant want to be on your shoulder aw

  • Calluna V
    Calluna V 16 days ago

    mr pirate i need you in my life

  • Deviant J
    Deviant J 16 days ago +2

    I don’t even have a cat, I don’t even want a cat, why am I watching this at 5:42 in the morning?

    XxARCXERxX 16 days ago +1

    *S Q U I S H* my wild kittten!!

  • Kcat Meow
    Kcat Meow 16 days ago

    Now i want to squish all the cats i see!

  • TheTrueEnjoyME
    TheTrueEnjoyME 16 days ago

    Pirate is T H I C C

  • StrayPaws
    StrayPaws 16 days ago

    What I do when picking up larger cats is lift their chest with one hand and with the other grab the cat’s hip then lift. Once the cat feels safe, I move the hand on the cat’s hip under its feet so it’s almost sitting in my arms. I find this works with my own cat’s and when helping to transport cats at my mother’s clinic.

  • ArnoldsK
    ArnoldsK 16 days ago +1

    I'm just watching this for the cute cats. In the end, learned how to safely squish a cat.

  • randomgirlxrulz
    randomgirlxrulz 16 days ago

    _S Q U I S H T H A T C A T_

  • Knevix711
    Knevix711 16 days ago

    Squishy kitty

  • robert3579
    robert3579 16 days ago

    Jokes aside. That a calm cats you have there.

  • Natasha Bergstrom
    Natasha Bergstrom 16 days ago

    Squish that cat!

  • Carole S.
    Carole S. 19 days ago

    Thank you very much.

  • Evgeniy
    Evgeniy 19 days ago

    Thank you very much

  • Death to Anime Avatars
    Death to Anime Avatars 20 days ago +1


  • Ded Pewl
    Ded Pewl 20 days ago

    my boi really had that going through his mind while saying "Squish dat cat"