CTE Task: Small Animal Restraint Methods - Cats​

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Small Animal Science


1 hour


Small Animal Restraint Methods

Task Description


Students will


Note: For this task, students may use a stuffed animal that they have at home.

Small Animal Science

  1. Demonstrate in a live setting or in a presentation the ability to follow procedures precisely, attending to special cases or exceptions noted in appropriate materials, and apply them to the following areas:
    1. Animal restraint and handling
    2. Techniques for transportation
    3. Appropriate use of chemicals (such as pesticide, fungicide, disinfectants)

Differentiate between effective methods for handling small animals and methods proven to be less effective.


 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Identify restraint methods to restrain felines
  2. Explain the specific procedure to execute each restraint method safely.
  3. Demonstrate two different restraint methods with a narrative step-by-step process for safe application.


To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:

  • Compare and contrast the different types of restraint methods for a given health care treatment.
  • Teach other students which combination of restraints should be used to best protect the safety of the animal and handler.

Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

Sentence Frames

Scaffolded Questions

Blood draw



Performing a _________________ on a feline normally requires one of three types of restraints.


Using a _________________ is a vital step in performing the front leg hold restraint method.


  1. Why is scruffing considered as a controversial method of restraint?
  2. How can you determine which will be the best restraint method to use on a feline?
  3. Why are the steps so specific?
  4. Why is it important to know all restraint options prior to treating a feline?


Instructional Resources

Basic Feline Restraint for Common Procedures. (atdove.org. (2020, June 3). Basic Feline Restraint for Common Procedures [Video]. YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMqkcAi9fLU&t=1s)

Angry Cat at the Vet – Fractious Cat Restraint. (atdove.org. (2012, July 20). Angry Cat at the Vet – Fractious Cat Restraint [Video]. YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIyfNM6y3vU)

Cat Bag Restraint. (Sabrina Fletcher. (2016, Jan., 13). Cat Bag Restraint [Video]. YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8OvFDTyzp0)

Student Resource

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Video Guide | Three Feline Restraint Videos

Begin filling out the Feline Guided Note Form using the following abbreviations for each video:

  • BFR – Basic Feline Restraint for Common Procedures
  • ACV – Angry Cat at the Vet – Fractious Cat Restraint
  • CBR – Cat Bag Restraint


Feline Guided Notes Form

List the video abbreviation, time stamp, and method

Describe what is happening or steps to use this method

Explain the rationale or the “safety aspects” for each step

















































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