Drug it heavily beforehand.
Geordi: "I've got an idea. How about a phaser? A low-stun setting at just the right moment might do the trick"
Data: "Geordi, I cannot stun my cat"
Maya, now almost 8. I got her from my sister when she was about a year old.
Gremlin, almost 6. I got him from a local shelter when he was about 10 weeks old.
And both, in the sun a few years ago. Hard to tell from this picture, but Gremlin is about twice the size & weight of Maya.