Calm Your Cat With A Clip
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.
from Science Channel
Key Facts In This Video
Cat "clipnosis" is the common name for inch-induced behavioral inhibition. (0:32)
Cats hold still when their mothers carry them by the backs of their necks, which is why "clipnosis" works. (0:43)
A parasympathetic nervous response is initiated when a cat is held by the back of its neck, calming it immediately. (1:07)