As much as I love Irina the cat, she is not a picky-up cat like Maxx was. Irina will rub against my legs and let me hug her, but she detests being carried around. The cats I raised from kittenhood were used to being held, and they often begged for me to do so. So perhaps some cats you adopt in adulthood enjoy being held if they were from the time as kittens, but I have found that if they are not held from a young age, they are not going to like it as adults. Sometimes I wish Irina would let me hold her. She is so beautiful and very sweet, but not a cat I can give a tummy rub, or walk around with on my shoulder.