Do you know that you can deactivate your cat? And do you know how does is it work, and when and how to do it without harming your little furry friend?

The animal hypnosis describes a condition in which an animal is both immobilized and do not respond to any external stimuli. It was known by ancient Egyptians, and it first appeared in Western literature in 1646. A lot of experiments were conducted to understand the mechanisms causing the immobilization of mice, rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs. It works! But wait a minute. Admit that you’ve seen dozens of youtube videos with deactivated cats. They’re funny, yet a little bit frightening. How does the cat feel, and what’s going on with it?


When the mother cat cares for the kittens, she keeps everything under control. Imagine that you have – let’s take – four hyperactive kittens to care about and no thumb to grab them and carry to the safe area. Luckily, all the kittens once picked up by the skin on the neck by their mother, become calmer than ever before and easier to carry from one place to another, wherever the cat mom wants them to.

What Do The Scientists Say?

Researchers show that cats are also effectively immobilized when clips are placed along the animal’s neck (and even through the whole spine); what’s more, it works better with younger cats than with the older ones. But, according to the research results, we can’t say that it’s a hypnosis because often the clipped animal retains a decreased mobility. The only difference in neurological function observed in cats after application of the clips was a decrease of mentation; yet, it was not as severe as it usually is in obtunded and stuporous animals.


It looks a little bit different here, and the difference is in content – behavior, and reactions of the deactivated cat is not appropriate in the given environment, in which cats without the clips on their neck behave more active.
Scientists reported the significant pupillary miosis and decreased central and peripheral sympathetic neuron activities during the induction of the method; this would suggest that the action is not noxious; yet, do not use it too often. Some cats respond to this approach as we want them to – they seem to be calmer, and some of them even purr and knead with their paws when the clips are attached; the others, however, scream loudly and can even become aggressive.

Does It Hurt?

The method causes no pain nor significant changes in the heart rate, blood pressure, or body temperature. It can be safe and convenient method of restraint for a variety of routine veterinary procedures (such as physical examination, minor wound care, vaccinations, blood glucose monitoring and trimming); sometimes it’s called the vet’s third hand.

Remember, don’t do it if it’s not necessary; don’t use it as a way of communication nor for fun because it’s an intense form of control and should be used carefully and only for specific situations when other methods don’t work. You love your purring friend, so you shouldn’t make it feel stressed too often. If you want to have some fun with cats, there are dozens of videos on the Internet; otherwise, leave your cat alone in peace – the way he likes it the most.


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