Why Do Cats Knead?

If you have a cat you know exactly what we're talking about. Often accompanied by purring, your cat starts making biscuits or kneading on you. But...why? This behavior is a mystery to us humans, because we unfortunately can't read their minds or get them to explain it to us, but we've come up with a few theories. Let us know which one you think is correct!


leftover kitten habits

When cats are kittens, they know instinctively to knead their mother's teat to stimulate milk production while they're nursing. During this time in their life their mother keeps them safe, so some people think that cats may associate the kneading motion with comfort and security, which is why they do it when they're happy.


sleepy time

Another theory that people have come up with is that this is a leftover habit from when cats lived in the wild. The theory is that when they made their bed, they would pat down leaves and other foliage to make a comfortable spot and that the kneading is a leftover habit from that behavior.  


claiming you

Another theory that people have come up with is that this is a leftover habit from when cats lived in the wild. The theory is that when they made their bed, they would pat down leaves and other foliage to make a comfortable spot and that the kneading is a leftover habit from that behavior.  



Whatever reason cats knead, we definitely know that it means your kitty is happy and loves you, so you can definitely take it as a compliment! Even though your cat's claws may get caught sometimes when they are kneading, it is not a good idea to discourage your cat from the behavior. It is a natural behavior for your cat and it's an expression of positivity from them. To prevent their claws catching just make sure to keep their claws clipped or using claw caps




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