“I can’t pick up my cat. My cat is too wiggly.”

Try the “football” hold.

Tuck the cat’s body into your waist, with your forearm pressed against your cat’s torso and your hand under his chest. If your cat wiggles, use your other hand to hold on to the loose fur around his scruff (back of his neck).  I call this the “football” hold because it reminds me of the way football players hold the ball when they’re running down the field.

We’re afraid to touch our pets

I see this a lot. People afraid to really brush their pets for fear of hurting them. If you’re using a comb or a slicker brush, put some energy into it.  Don’t brush like you’re 95 years old and living on a diet of yoghurt and cigarettes. Step lively folks! Cats are animals and so are we. Neither of us are made of glass.  We survived the Kardashians. We can survive anything.

Men who made a difference in the lives of animals

Worldly hero.
Worldly hero.

Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA. He was a cultured, sophisticated man of the world with a big heart.

“Henry Bergh was born in 1813, the son of a prominent shipbuilder. His adult years found him to be a man of leisure, dabbling in the arts and touring Europe. As was befitting the life of an aristocrat, in 1863 he was appointed to a diplomatic post at the Russian court of Czar Alexander II. It was there he first took action against man’s inhumanity toward animals.”

“Day after day I am in slaughterhouses, or lying in wait at midnight with a squad of police near some dog pit. Lifting a fallen horse to his feet, penetrating buildings where I inspect collars and saddles for raw flesh, then lecturing in public schools to children, and again to adult societies. Thus my whole life is spent.”

Photo of a cat groomer’s desk

A cat groomer's desk
The orange nail trimmers are for my beagle. The banana and the weight are mine. The other tools prevent my short-haired cat from becoming a fur-ball factory.
I brush Emma every day to stop her from becoming a fur-ball factory.
I brush Emma every day to stop her from becoming a fur-ball factory.
She rolls around and shows me her belly when I brush her.
She rolls around and shows me her belly when I brush her.

To get these tools:

Brush I’m using on Emma – Safari Pin & Bristle Medium Brush for Dogs with Wood Handle

Orange nail trimmers for dogs or large cats – Nail Clipper with Orange Handle Medium Size

Slicker brush – Pets Master Wood Handle Pet Slicker Brush with Rubber Pad and Pins, Small, Red

Love glove grooming mit – Four Paws Purple Love Glove Cat Grooming Mitt

Zoom Groom rubber brush – Kong CZG/CZG24 Zoom Groom For Cat