Holding an animal by the scruff of it’s neck?

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My sister in law constantly carries her cat around by holding the scruff on it’s neck.
Like this: http://www.doctordog.com/catbook/1-05cvg.gif

The cat is about 1, and not a kitten anymore.
She’s so careless and doesn’t support his weight when she carries him that way.

Isn’t that only to be done with puupies/kittens and not adult animals?

Same with their dogs.
One is even 8 years old.

At some point I find it as mild animal abuse. A dog will piss on the floor and they’ll take the dog by the scruff and scold it… :/
I know mother cats carry their young like so, but as kittens. The scruff is there for a reason, yes… But I feel like you should pick up a dog/cat by it’s whole body, supporting it’s weight, not flinging it, no weight supported, by it’s scruff- especially for overweight pets.

Best answer:

Answer by Stephen O’sullivan
The scruff of the neck is present throughout the animal’s lifetime. They don’t mind being picked up in this way.

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3 Responses to “Holding an animal by the scruff of it’s neck?”

  1. Victor says:

    they don’t mind being held their because they can’t feel that part of their body

  2. Cheyann says:

    They really need to be supported. If you don’t support them it can cause injuries. I don’t think your supposed to hold a dog like that even if you support them.

  3. Nikia says:

    picking up an animal by the scruff can cause damage to it when it gets bigger especially if you handle the animal roughly, however using the scruff to direct an animal should be alright….if they pick the animal completely off the ground by the scruff they should help support the weight by also cradling there rear especially with an aging dog, the larger the animal the more likely the damage, cats are less likely to be injured this way…the only way i used to be able to bathe my cat (he got himself covered in all sorts of things including plant burrs and animal poop because he was an outside cat, that why i bathed him) was to hold him by the scruff in one hand and using the other to cleane him off, he hated the water so much he still fought even though i purposely made sure there was no water or soap near his face at all that even i wondered if i was injuring him in the process but animals are extremely good at healing even if they do get injured and he only acted like his neck got hurt once and that subsided in 2 days (and he was overweight despite my attempts to make him diet, hed just sneak out and hunt if i didnt give him the amount of food he wanted)….vets will often hold a cat soley by the scruff to administer the aid required (it helps to control the cat and discourages a cats responce to fight) so with cats id assume its alright but with dogs it gets a lil more iffy


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