How to Hold a Ragdoll Cat – How to Pick Up a Ragdoll Cat

– So one of the things I get asked a little bit frequently is how to pick up a ragdoll cat, and I really never thought about it or thought about covering it because I’ve done it since I was a little girl and picked them up in all different kinds of ways, but this is kind of the most recent way that I go about picking them up.
Okay, so take my one hand and use this finger and put it in between their two front paws and then lift him up, put him over my shoulder, and then put this full arm underneath his belly. I love a good kitty belly and this gives you full access. But he seems to be really comfortable in this position.
Sometimes you do pay the price, like if they just got out of the litter box, you might find a little something special back there. And I kind of learned that from cat shows where they walk around with the cat like this. Caymus is the worst one to show doing that cause he’s just a lump he’s just like a pillow.
But that’s kind of where I figured that out and it frees this hand, if I do it over the shoulder then I can pet him properly and give him kisses. So that is how I standardly pick up a cat, but I’m gonna do it with Murphy, Charlie, and Trigg as well so you can see all of the differences.
And it does depend on the cat’s personality how to pick them up and my family members pick him up completely differently than I do, so as long as they’re physically comfortable then you can pick them up however works for you and the cat. Murphy’s the cat that hates to be held. He is tolerant for a little bit, but not for very long.
Caymus is getting ready to roll. All right, hi baby. So, same thing, my fore finger in between his front two paws and then I lift him up like that. So he likes this, I don’t know, framework, it works well for him, but he does start wiggling after a while. We’re outside, so he’s gonna be way more tolerant because there’s lots more to smell and see.
You ready? He is kind of shaking. Why you shaking, why you shaking, why you shaking? All right, so then I’m gonna show you how I pick up Charlie and Trigg.
So I always put one hand in between his front two legs and then my other hand arm goes pretty much the length of his tummy. And then I hold him like this. He really hates being held any other way, he meows at me, like kind of a complaining meow if I hold him any other way, so this is how I like to do it.
Sometimes when I need my other hand I hold him like this, but he does meow and complain about it. He’s pretty excited to be outside right now though so I don’t think he’ll complain at all. Right baby? He also does this, like he doesn’t know what to do with his paw. He really dislikes this. Are you upset about that? Why you don’t (mumbles)?
– So this is how Amy picks up Charlie, I’m trying to get different I’ve already put a video on YouTube of my mom and my aunt picking up Hobbs and I think it’s important to see how different people pick up different cats cause you kind of have to do it based on
– oh that was a live caterpillar.
Based on the cat’s personality.
– I always like to put their paws in front.
– Yeah, he looks pretty content. I think he likes all of his paws touching something makes him comfortable.
– And I’ve got
– Yeah – his bottom paws in my hand
– Yes, we on this side of the video can see that.  Say hi, oh Charlie
– Charlie (mumbles)
– Who’s that, want to go see? (cat meows)
– Sorry, too much love.
– Charlie.
– Good Char man. I’m gonna show you how to pick up Trigg. So we just ran around the yard trying to get him to let us pick him up. Trigg hates being held and has hated it ever since he was a kitten. So sometimes when I’m just sitting down, you got some stuff on you, I hold him like this.
Trigg thinks everything’s a launch pad so he’ll just launch off of my arm or launch off of my leg and it gets scary sometimes because I’m scared I’m gonna break his arm or break his leg because I haven’t released the top portion of his body, yet he’s launching.
So it’s really, with him, it’s more of a struggle to make sure that I’m not gonna injure him or injure me (laughs). I certainly have done that. Okay, so when carrying Trigg around the house, and one of the things too, by the way, that I did with Trigg when he was a kitten is I was pretty frustrated with the fact that he wouldn’t allow me to pick him up for, I don’t know, three or four days, I took him everywhere with me.
I mean, he went to the bathroom, he did the dishes with me, he did laundry with me, he was attached to me so that he didn’t have a choice but to get used to being held.
So, see the launching? (laughs) He’s pretty creative. My babies. Okay, so I also do try to hold him like I hold Charlie, but he’s pretty upset right now. (mumbles) So sometimes we even get held like this, but I find he’s best in this belly up position because, again, we can’t do any launching when we’re in the belly up position. He is good about this position too (laughs) Oh, that’s nice.
[Jenny] This is my sister Amy holding Trigg.
– I’m the same way though, I hold him up because he is a launchpad.
– Hey, what are you doing? It’s like an acrobatic act every time I hold you. Oh! Thank you Trigg, excuse me.
Did he push off your face?
– Yeah
– Yeah, he’s awesome. See, that’s what people don’t like in that Tiggy People don’t like in that Tiggerd, Tigger, Tigger.
– Okay, come here.
– Oh, it’s okay. Oh, it’s okay.
– I know.
– Trigg always is a little bit freaked out and whenever I say “it’s okay” he kind of can calm down a little bit for some reason. It’s okay. It’s okay. (laughs) Are you trying to plan your escape route, launcher?
– What are you doing, what are you doing?
– Launcher, launcher.
– What doing? Good boy. It’s a good boy.
– And now you hear the neighbor, I know, say go away neighbor.
– Whoa!
It’s okay Tigga. It’s okay.
– He might freak out more if they keep making noises and you might get yourself hurt.
– Yes, it’s happened before.
– Trigg.
– So, that is how you hold whack job Trigg and he is such a crazy man when it comes to being held. I’ll try to do the, he’s too scrunched up to do the He likes it as much as Charlie does. I know, but when you get older, you have to know how to do this so I can get more stuff up the stairs. Thank you so much for watching and we’ll see you next time.