Please don't rag on the kid in this photo! When you pick up your cat be sure to put your hand/arm under their butt/back legs. If you hold a cat like shown here it will feel like it's falling and extend claws (likely scratching you) trying to grab hold of something. In fact, if you're going to leave any legs upheld, it's better you let the front legs go. When our cats feel insecure with us it chisels away at the trust bond, leading to an emotional chasm between you and your cat. Don't go there.