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Calm Your Cat With A Clip

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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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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Cat "clipnosis" is the common name for inch-induced behavioral inhibition. 00:32

  2. Cats hold still when their mothers carry them by the backs of their necks, which is why "clipnosis" works. 00:43

  3. A parasympathetic nervous response is initiated when a cat is held by the back of its neck, calming it immediately. 01:07

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