In this video, the Helpful Vancouver Vet explains how best to pick up cats: "Dr. Burstyn and his feline friends demonstrate how to pick up a cat in a way that is comfortable for the cat and safe for you. A must watch for anyone with a feline in the family."
If you're trying to hold the cat down, squish that cat. All you need to know about cat restraint is to squish that cat
I wonder, does this work for rabid mustelids? Asking for myself.