Many, including veterinary technicians, were taught by Scruff to hold a cat when they needed to be restrained. Although long considered a harmless way to provide restraint and mimic how a mother cat raises her kittens, scruffing is not a safe way to control a cat, is overwhelming, and Causes fear and anxiety in most cats.
What is Scruffing?
Scruffing is a general term for various types of hold on the skin of a cat’s neck. Removing the scum of the neck is different from gentle squeezing of the skin, with a large fold of skin grasping at varying amounts of pressure, and sometimes raising the cat or stopping the cat in other ways. .
The theory behind this restraint is that as kittens limp, when their mothers move them by scratching, a tight grip on the loose skin on the cat’s shoulders triggers the same reaction. The first cat catches the kitten by its cat only in a few weeks. Transport them for life. A mother cat knows the exact pressure to place on the skin behind the neck and cats have pressure sensors on their teeth, which explain why they have the ability to move a mouse into their mouth without scratching the mouse.
What is the problem with scrubbing?
- Cats are caught by scratches on their necks only in limited circumstances: during the first few weeks of life by their mother during mating, during fighting, and when they are attacked by hunters. Any of these conditions that cause stress. , Are helpful for coping in a home, veterinary or shelter setting.
- Lifting a cat or suspending its body weight by its screw is unnecessary and can be painful. There is no honorable way to raise your cat.
- Scruffing completely removes the cat’s option to repel and its sense of control due to aggressive behavior.
- According to The AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners), International Cat Care, many cat-only veterinarians and veterinarians do not recommend scruffing and instead recommend cat friendly, low stress and fear free handling techniques.
How to control a cat without scrubbing
There are many different ways of handling and controlling cats that do not include scruffing or heavy restraint. These cat-friendly methods take a more-or-less approach, allowing the cat to hide, using cat body language assessments and restraint methods.
- Using a thoughtful approach when approaching the cat: Frontal approach and avoid staring. Move calmly and speak in a calm tone, and the carrier is covered with a pheromone-infected towel and elevated on a high surface before examination. If the cat does not exit the carrier on its own, instead of tying or straining the carrier to pull the cat out, remove the top to remove the cat from the carrier.
- Towel handling techniques: Many towel restraint techniques can be used for cats, including blanket wrap such as Bertito, Half-Bertito, and Scarf Wrap. Different techniques allow access to different areas of the cat for different processes. All towel restraint methods require practice and patience.
- Supporting the cat well: By deploying their hands, hands, and body appropriately, the cat should not feel as if they will fall or stop.
- Adjusting their handling and their response to restraint depending on the cat
- Creating an environment that takes the cat’s point of view: includes sights, smells and pheromones, sounds, touches, and tastes.
- Food, brushing and playing such as deflections and prizes
- Examine the cat where they prefer (owner lap, cat carrier)
All cats are individuals and we need to be flexible to assess the body language of cats and deal with technology based on the cat’s personal preference. Allow the cat to maintain its chosen position and vary its touch with the cat’s response.
Benefits of line-friendly handling
- Traveling is less stressful for cats and caregivers. Reduce or reduce anxiety and fear associated with being prepared to come to the vet.
- A 2014 study conducted by Bayer Healthcare and the American Association of Feline Practitioners found that more than half of American cats were not receiving regular veterinary care. Increased compliance through gentle handling and behavior in the exam room, less stress in cats and with a. The more positive travel and veterinary experiences, the more cats will go to the vet.
- By promoting safety, when a cat’s fear and anxiety are reduced, caregivers and operators are less likely to bite, scratch, and other injuries.
- With better therapy, your veterinarian will have a more accurate and thorough examination, including more accurate blood tests, temperature and blood pressure.
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