Why Do Cats Knead?

Do you sometimes wonder if your cat is a baker? Sitting around kneading and “making biscuits” whenever they get comfortable. There is something oddly soothing about their gentle purrs and soft paws padding as they blink their way into a nice slumber. But why exactly do our cats knead?

Your cat may be kneading because:


They are feeling comfort and love

Cats start kneading at the very beginning of their lives. As kittens, this is their first feeling of love and comfort. While their sharp claws digging into you may bring a little pain, it’s coming from a place of love. If your cat is laying on your lap and kneading your skin, try using a blanket or pillow as a barrier. They don’t really know that it hurts our skin since they learned to knead on their mothers, who weren’t bothered by their claws. Just remember that your cat is giving you the biggest compliment by kneading on you.



They are making their bed

Just like dogs turn around in circles, cats often knead before bedding down. Even wild ancestors of domestics cats have been known to show this trait. They love to find a soft comfortable surface to nap on and kneading helps make a comfy spot, much like fluffing a pillow.



They are also using it to spread their scent

Cat’s paws are also a source of pheromones via the scent glands in their pads. This means that they are often marking their territory. Cats are very territorial creatures and they like to make sure other animals are aware of their turf. So, if you catch them pawing on your or their favorite pillow or blanket, they may just be spreading their smell on what they see as their turf.



They are getting in a good stretch

It’s no secret that cats love to stretch. After all, who doesn’t love a good stretch after a nap? And cats nap a lot, so naturally, they have to stretch out their muscles afterward. You’ll often see your cat arch their back then lean down for a nice stretch and knead. This loosens and relaxes their muscles. Leaving them limber for a little snack and a little play time before their next snooze.

And don’t forget if your cat needs an extra lap to knead on while you’re away, just let us know! Our cat sitters would love to help give your feline friend all the TLC they deserve until you get back home to them.




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