This Is How You Deactivate Your Cat


You might be having a tough time dealing with your fussy cat, who just can’t seem to sit still when you need them to. There’s actually a vet-approved method, called scruffing, that somehow turns off the fussy behavior and puts your cat in chill mode.

Check out the video on cat scruffing below:

Also called Pinch-induced Behavioral Inhibition (PIBI), scruffing is considered a safe and comfortable procedure to restrain cats. This is a method that is effective on a cat who’s familiar with you. It should be noted that this should only be done when necessary (i.e. medical procedures/examinations) and not because you want to have fun with Fluffy.

A study conducted by the Ohio State University found that clipping, or also called clipnosis, is an effective method that relaxes the cat. An excerpt from this study is found below:

In the study, 30 of 31 cats responded positively the first time clips were placed on the scruff of their neck. The positive response tended to improve after repeated clippings over three months, suggesting the technique can be used over the course of a cat’s lifetime for such procedures as physical examinations, blood draws, and vaccinations.

The clipping seems to evoke the same scruff response that renders kittens still so their mothers can carry them in their mouths, said senior study author Tony Buffington, professor of veterinary clinical sciences at Ohio State. Even most adult cats will go limp when they are gently grasped by the scruff of the neck, he said.

“Cats generally seemed more content, sometimes even purring, and less fearful during veterinary procedures when clips were used instead of restraint by some other means,” Buffington said.

The study appeared in the February 2008 issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.


While many vet hospitals practice this method, not everyone is thrilled about it.  Cat behavior expert Anita Kelsey expressed her reservations about scruffing when she learned that some of her clients use it as a way to reprimand cats for bad behavior.

According to Kelsey, scruffing a cat can make it aggressive as some felines may react adversely to the method. As Kelsey explained, scruffing should only be done to “restrain a cat quickly because of adverse circumstances.”

Have you tried this method? Would you agree to cat scruffing to teach your feline friend good behavior? Let us know in the comments section below.


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