Vet’s unusual ‘sway test’ to check your pet’s goodness is going viral


A Florida veterinarian has taken the internet by storm with a tip she says could help you know if your pet has a good temperament or not.

Dr. Tori Given now lives in Kansas with her boyfriend, two dogs and two cats. A graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she took to TikTok and Instagram to share her top tips on pet care and health.

given said Newsweek“I first started on TikTok trying to share interesting cases I saw at the clinic to hopefully reach other vets or students interested in veterinary medicine. From there, I’ve realized that TikTok can be a great educational tool for owners who want to help pets live their best, healthiest lives.”

Photos from Dr Tori Given’s viral video where she demonstrates the ‘hang test’ which is supposed to let you know your pet’s temperament. Netizens have been inspired to test their own animals and share the results.
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On Tuesday, Given shared a video with over 109,000 followers that has since received over 4 million views. In the video, she shares the details of the “sway test”.

With a little kitten on hand, she explained, “Apparently if you hang them like that and they’re okay, then they’ll be good cats.” In the demo video, the kitten handles swinging perfectly, passing the test to Given’s delight.

Explaining the story behind the unusual idea, Given said: “When I started working in a veterinary hospital around the age of 18, a wise, older vet introduced me to the ‘suspension test’. His theory was that if you hold a puppy or a kitten and they swing freely without stress, they will grow into well-tempered dogs and cats.”

The video delighted netizens who flocked to the comments to share their thoughts on the quirky example of testing your pet’s temperament.

One commenter joked, “Instructions are unclear. An adult cat is currently playing with my severed limbs,” while another TikToker wrote, “My cat is too big to hang.”

“I will definitely test this,” another comment said.

“And the puppies? asked another viewer, to which Given confirmed he could also be tested with canine friends.

When it comes to whether there’s any truth to the unusual test, Given explained, “I think there’s some truth to that old tale of female vets because the ‘danglers’ are calm and confident. , which are great qualities to have in a pet.

Other pet owners have spent their time testing their own pets, with some even sharing their videos online.

But despite the test claiming to tell you whether your pet will be “good” or not, Given was quick to clarify, “I love seeing all the cats and dogs rocking with their owners around the world. I also want to point out that even if your beloved pet doesn’t pass the “hang test”, they can still be a great dog or cat.”

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