All cats are individuals, coming in different shapes, sizes, colors and personalities. Some cats are super snuggly, climbing onto your lap at every opportunity and constantly twining around your legs looking for affection and to be picked up for a cuddle. Others are more aloof, seeming to prefer their own company and making their displeasure known if you attempt to pick them up.
It is not uncommon for cats to dislike being picked up, even if they’re generally affectionate. There are some aspects of cat behavior which might help to explain this. And some tips to help if you really need to lift your cat. Let’s go through why your cat may not want to be picked up and held.