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Why does my cat cry out in pain when I pick it up?

When I pick up my 14 month old Maine Coon cat, he cries out in pain.  I pick him up properly using the two handed method, but since he weighs 12 pounds, could his weight be a strain on his chest cavit?  I also suspect that something is wrong with his heart because it appears to beat very rapidly at times (ever since he was young).  Could it be that he has an enlarged heart and the pressure of the hand on his chest behind his front legs presses against it, causing him to cry out in pain?    
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Well, due to their size, Coonies aren't known for being lap cats. They do not like to be picked up by any means, so he might be telling you to put him down because he doesn't feel comfortable.

Now, you're the owner, so you would know when your kitty is in pain. I suppose he normally lets you pick him up? A normally quiet cat may begin to vocalize if it is in pain or stressed. If the animal cries when picked up or touched, when normally it is quiet, this may be an indication of pain. If this is your case, take him to the vet. Anything indicating pain or discomfort when being picked up is something a vet should check. Check anyway if there are wounds, abscesses, or any indication that he is hurt. Have you tried rubbing the areas to see if you can feel anything at all? Maybe a lump?

Good Luck with your kitty. Hope everything works out for ya!
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