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Q: Does anyone know why cats "knead?"

December 20, 2008 | By Allison M. | 21 answers | Expired: 2183 days ago

Allison M.

My cat kneads the blankets a lot. He almost gets obsessive about it. Last night he was doing it on my husband's feet and when my husband moved, he started howling, almost aggressively. Just wondering if anyone knew why they did this and if it's normal?!

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Kelly
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Jan 03, 2009

There are a lot of theories but I don't think anyone knows for sure. Some people think they do it because they were weaned too early & some think its because they were weaned late. But its a comfort behavior that stems from when they were kittens. Kittens knead to stimulate the flow of milk & it seems to be a residual behavior left over from that that gives them comfort. When they knead, they're happy.

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karen b.
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Dec 25, 2008

my cats kneads on me when i go to bed , like he is tucking me in. he does it all around me after i settle in then he goes to lay at my feet when he is done

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Donna
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Dec 22, 2008

This definitely a throwback to when he was a kitten and he use to knead at his mom when nursing. It is a calming and affection display. It's all good!

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Breezy P.
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Dec 22, 2008

I was told it was left over from when they did it to their moms for milk as kittens. I think its the cutest thing ever when my cat does it.

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maria h.
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Dec 21, 2008

As babies,they knead their mom to get milk.I think it is pleasurable to them and reminds them of their infancy.All 12 of my kitties enjoy kneading, especially on my belly!

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Kelly M.
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Dec 21, 2008

I have heard that if a kitten is taken away form its mother too soon it will continue to knead. It would be nice if I could teach them to knead my shoulders !!
I have a cat that is 8 yrs old and he still kneads and suckles, it is weird.

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Amy H.
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Dec 21, 2008

Cats knead to help stimulate their mothers milk. Also they have scent glands on their pawas and its a way of marking their territory. I found that out from m high school ag teacher.

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carol  s.
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Dec 21, 2008

Cats knead when they are kittens and nursing from their mothers. It sometimes carries on into their older and it is a comfort to them throughout their lives

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Krystal T.
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Dec 21, 2008

My cat does it too, every cat that I have had has done this. Not to worry it is something I have been told they do to get comfortable and it settles and comforts them. Wouldnt you get upset if you were settling down and someone bothered you? If you notice, alot of the time they do it when they are fixing to lay down. Again, not to worry this is perfectly normal.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dec 21, 2008

I find this behavior much more typical in my tabbies than in my himalayan's & siamese. All 3 of my tabbies knit and my himalayan does it on occaision but my siamese/himalayan does knit and he's just a little over a year old. If you've ever experienced a nursing kitten you'd notice that they knead on the moms teets to help push the milk out. I also think it's a comfort thing too. My cats generally knit on blankets and on their beds. On occaision, Princess will knit on our legs. Hope this helps!

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