Ruby will always make contact when she is scratching.
I just want to say that she is never picked up under the armpits or axilla! The screaming was from being touched there.
She seems alot better today- has had a good walk and run about at the park and seems happier in herself as well.
Its good to know I'm not alone- well actually NO it isn't good to know as that would mean I'm glad your babies are in pain but nice to know others have experienced this.
On the contrary I can handle Charlie in exactly the same area with no sensitivity what so ever.