By the scruff of the neck

We’ve all seen it, and yes, it is adorable: a mother cat transporting a kitten by carrying it by the scruff of the neck. A cat’s skin is fairly loose anyway, and the skin of the neck seems to be a perfect “handle” that nature built in just for the mom cat’s use. Interestingly, in adult cats, picking one up by the scruff of the neck is a way of establishing dominance. Apparently it “puts the cat in its place,” since it is being treated as a kitten again.
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