by Kurt (Admin)
You see, this is what I don't like about the whole funny cat picture/funny cat video thing. You just never really know what's going on. Is "Ghost Cat" being abused here? I can't tell.
I'm glad that the Huffington Post published this video because that way, more people are seeing it and asking questions.
But, as some of the comments over there have suggested, this cat may have been treated badly. I hope that if that is the case, that the cat is fine. I also hope it never happens again, and that the cat returned the favor by giving the human the pointy endz, hopefully drawing blood.
On the Youtube page for this video, the poster claims that the cat was scruffed and not harmed. Well, scruffing is a technique that can be used to restrain a cat, and some cats go limp in adulthood when scruffed. But, properly and carefully scruffing with one hand and supporting the cat's weight with the other is one thing. It's a whole other matter to support an adult cat's entire weight in this manner.
Please help us educate the uninitiated on the proper use and technique of scruffing a cat.
"Warning: Although veterinarians may pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck, notice that they also support the cat with the other hand. Never pick up an adult cat by the scruff, as it can do serious internal damage. Always support the full weight of the cat underneath its body with the other hand."
Here's a timely tidbit by Michelle Gerhard Jasny V.M.D.
"With the majority of cats, I like to start with a soft hold on the back of the neck. It seems to calm them. I'm not talking about clenching a fistful of skin with a death grip. 'Two fingers,' I tell my assistants. 'Like a mama cat,' I reassure nervous owners."
So, you tell me. Cat abuse? Or not?
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