Why Do Cats Knead?

What is kneading? Kneading is a rhythmic motion that cats make with their paws. They push their claws, fingers, and paws in and out against a soft surface. Our feline friends usually do this with one pad at a time, thus creating a rhythm.

Theory #1 - Cat Kneading Comes from Kitten Behavior This is the most solid theory explaining the natural instinctive origins of the kneading pattern. Kittens knead on their mother's belling while sucking at her tit.

Theory #2 - Cat Kneading Means that They Are Marking their Territory It is a less known fact that cats have scent glands in their paw pads. So, when they are kneading, they are not only creating a comfortable setting, but they're also spreading their scent and marking their territory.

Theory #3 - Cat Kneading Means that They Are Settling Down The third theory says that kneading is a cat’s behavior, inherited from their wild ancestors. When wild cats would find a place that they would deem suitable for giving birth in, they would knead it to prepare it. They would pat down the leaves or tall grass to make it more comfortable.

Why does my cat knead me but not other members of the family? This common behavior happens when a cat feels closest to a certain member of the family. The kneading shows to that person just how special they are to the cat.

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Why Do Cats Knead?