Never Scruff a Cat

Jan 2, 2018 / In the News

Catster (Dec. 28) – Scruffing a cat is when you take the skin on the back of your cat’s neck (called the scruff) into your hand and hold it.  Dr. Kelly C. Ballantyne, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, explains, “Cat owners may be under the impression that scruffing is a natural way in which cats reprimand each other, but this isn’t true. While mother cats carry their kittens by the scruff, this is to move them from one spot to another when they are very young and isn’t a form of discipline.”