Gently squeezing the skin at the back of a cat's neck will essentially immobilize it. Pinch-induced behavioral inhibition, otherwise known as "clipnosis," will instantly calm a cat. Scientists believe clipnosis is effective because it reminds the cat of being carried by its mother.
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Cat "clipnosis" is the common name for inch-induced behavioral inhibition. 00:32
Cats hold still when their mothers carry them by the backs of their necks, which is why "clipnosis" works. 00:43
A parasympathetic nervous response is initiated when a cat is held by the back of its neck, calming it immediately. 01:07