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Cats begin kneading as young kittens, before their eyes even open, as kneading comes instinctively.
Kittens quickly learn, by kneading, that the pressure from this encourages milk flow which allows them to eat. Of course, that doesn’t exactly explain why cats continue to knead into adulthood.
Adult cats will not get anything to eat out of kneading items around the house such as blankets and pillows. So why do adult cats often knead?
One of the main reasons for kneading is comfort. Cats remember kneading as a kitten and the comfort and security kneading brought to them as young kittens. Kneading as an adult cat can bring those comforting memories and security back
When cats knead, you may also notice them purring. This tells us kneading brings a sense of well-being, relaxation, and happiness.
There is no way to know if your cat will knead forever, but the likelihood is extremely high. Since this behavior is instinctive, it is commonly carried on throughout your cat’s life and senior years.
Have you ever noticed your cat kneading the area he or she is about to lie down on?
This kneading action is common as your cat is making their bed prior to laying down. Cat’s do this to make the area they have chosen to sleep as comfortable as possible.
At the same time, your cat is also marking its territory using scent glands in the paws. Other animals that come around these spaces have the ability to detect this scent.
If you notice your cat kneading you, it’s common that he or she is telling you that they love you. When your cat kneads on you, he or she is leaving the scent from the glands of their paws on you to let everyone else know you are hers and only hers.
Of course, the kneading isn’t always the most comfortable act for us as our cats can have nails that can dig through our skin (and tear up other household items like clothing).
If your kitty doesn’t put his or her claws away while kneading, remember not to panic or punish them. Simply place a thick sweater, blanket, or towel on yourself when holding your cat so the kneading can continue if you would like your cat to continue to bond and relax with you.
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