Understanding Proper Cat Scruffing  

The scruff is the loose skin at the back of a cat's neck.  

Scruff Located at Neck

Mother cats carry kittens by the scruff. The scruff has extra skin to avoid injury.

Natural Carrying Method

Scruffing triggers a passive immobilization response in cats when done properly.

Temporarily Immobilizes

Don't overpull or shake the cat when scruffing or injury may occur.

Use Caution

Use scruffing as a last resort for handling cats.

Avoid When Possible

Transporting injured/aggressive cats and giving medication.

Acceptable Situations

Yowling, gagging, coughing are signs to stop scruffing.

Signs of Distress

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