Cats’ kneading behavior

Have you ever noticed your feline friend kneading on your lap or a soft blanket? This adorable behavior is not only cute to watch, but it also has some interesting reasons behind it. Kneading, also known as “making biscuits,” is a common behavior in cats that starts when they are kittens.

Kneading is a natural instinct that stems from kittenhood when they knead their mother’s belly to stimulate milk flow while nursing. As they grow older, cats continue this behavior as a way to show comfort, relaxation, and contentment. It’s like a throwback to the soothing feeling of being close to their mother.

Not only is kneading a sign of happiness, but it also serves a practical purpose for cats. By kneading, they mark their territory with scent glands located in their paw pads. This behavior helps them feel secure in their environment and can also help them relax and destress.

So, the next time your cat starts kneading on your lap or a cozy blanket, take it as a compliment! They are showing you love, comfort, and a sense of security. Embrace this sweet behavior and enjoy the special bond you share with your feline companion.

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