Kneading is a common behavior seen in domestic cats, in which the feline pushes in and out with its front paws, alternating between left and right.
Cats are mysterious creatures who often do strange things. Kneading may seem strange, but it is an entirely normal activity for our feline friends.
Cats often perform this motion — sometimes called “kneading dough” or “making biscuits” — on soft surfaces, including pillows, blankets, other animals and even people.
There are actually many reasons why cats knead, but the main one is that it’s an instinctive trait that they inherit from kitten-hood.
When kittens feed from their mother they will paw at their mothers’ tummies to encourage milk flow from their teats.
While it may seem unusual that cat kneading is still present as they get older, it’s actually a huge compliment for you, because when they do this it means that they feel happy, safe and comforted with you, much like how they felt with their mother!
Kneading may seem like an adorable behavior, but it can be uncomfortable if your cat kneads with her claws out. She may also inadvertently tear up blankets and furniture, or irritate your dog.
To encourage appropriate kneading actions, try the following tips:
Your cat’s kneading is a normal feline activity, and one of the many ways we celebrate and bond with these unique, mysterious creatures. If you’re ever concerned about your cat’s behavior, reach out to your veterinarian for advice.
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