Why do cats not like their front paws being held?

  • My cat seems to dislike me holding her front paws, although my friend's cat doesn't seem to mind. Is this problem specific to my cat or does it apply to the general population of cats?

  • John Cavan

    John Cavan Correct answer

    8 years ago

    The biggest reason I can think of is that you're taking away a defence mechanism for the cat. Is your friends' cat declawed by any chance? If it is, it may be that it no longer sees those paws a defence. In general, though, I've found that cats see that as an aggressive behavior and react (mine will nip if I do it).

    So it applies to the general population of cats? I think his is declawed... I know it's an indoor cat at least.

    I'm pretty sure it's a general reaction. Some may respond more aggressively than others though. Also probably depends on their human comfort level.

    Okay, sounds good ;D

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