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How to restrain a Cat for veterinary care black and white

If you want to offer your cat some caretaking services and your cat is running away from you. Or you have a cat that is more of an outdoor cat but stays near you. Or you wanna rescue a stray cat and don’t know how to capture a stray cat or an injured cat. You need to know these steps to restrain a cat either for veterinary care or for personal home care and make it your pet. The first thing you need to know is capturing an injured or afraid cat is not easy. You need to be very careful and make sure you are not hurrying up, as it can injure you and your cat too.

How to Approach a Cat to Restrain

You need to make sure your movements are not scaring the cat. Make sure you approach the cat less, and your cat approaches you more. To make a cat approach you, you can offer the cat some treats or some food. It’s the best way to offer your cat. As it is said, “First impression is the last impression,” so make sure you leave a good impression on your cat by not scaring it and approaching it with great care.
So when your cat approaches you, what to do next?
Here are some of the ways to capture and restrain your cat.

Loop of leash

  • If you have a leash or a thin rope, you can make a leash out of it. Make a loop out of the leash by mixing both ends of the leash.
  • Make sure to stay away or behind the cat.
  • Gently loop the Leash over the head of the cat and tighten it carefully, not scaring the cat.
  • Be ready.There can be some struggle between you and the cat as not all cats are used to leashes.

Cat and the blanket

If the first way didn’t work out for you or you don’t have any leash or rope, here’s another way to restrain the cat,

  • Approach the animals from behind as we did first.
  • Drop the blanket on the body of the cat.
  • Pick up the cat and beware of the mouth and the claws.
  • Beware where the cat’s claws and mouth are before picking it up, as some cats have very sharp claws and teeth, and they can bite you through the blanket.
  • Some cats will come out automatically in the Carrier box and are easy to be transported to the vet.
  • Other cats can be a bit difficult, but they’ll make it eventually.
Restraining the Cat

Now, when you have captured the cat, it’s time to restrain it. Keep in mind that not all cats need restraining. Some cats are ok without restraining, and if restraining isn’t working out, try to talk to your cat soothingly and give him treats. Also, if you are alone, make sure to protect yourself, cats are small creatures, but they can be very harmful if you are not careful around them. They can bite and can also scratch very badly. So if you are alone trying to restrain a cat, it’s better to seek help or visit a nearby vet. There are two types of restraining.

Restraining by Scruff

The skin on the back of the neck of the cat is called scruff. It is the point where the mother cat picks them up and teaches them things. Cats remember that and usually do not show any aggression while doing so

  • Grapple the skin behind the neck of the cat and hold smoothly with your right hand
  • With the left hand, hold the cat in a position in which the cat sits
  • Be aware of the claws with your left hand as they can harm you
  • Do not leave the cat in that position. It is very important not to cat let go of a scruffing position.
  • Calm it down while talking to it smoothly.
Side-lying cat restrain

The other type of restraining includes the cats lying on one side. You will need a partner in this one, as a cat will fight back when you are trying to lay it on one side. Lye it on one side while your partner makes sure the claws are not free so the cat can not fight back. Clam it down when it is laid on one side.

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