Does it hurt a cat if you pick it up by the nape of the neck like momma cats do?

I've noticed that if I pick my cat up she doesn't want to be held and just jumps back down but if I pick her up by the nape of the neck and hold her she starts purring and gets really snuggly and affectionate--and lets me hold her. Does it maybe remind her of when her mom used to pick her up like that as a... show more I've noticed that if I pick my cat up she doesn't want to be held and just jumps back down but if I pick her up by the nape of the neck and hold her she starts purring and gets really snuggly and affectionate--and lets me hold her. Does it maybe remind her of when her mom used to pick her up like that as a kitten? Is it comforting to her?
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