Cats’ tendency to knead soft surfaces

Do you ever notice your feline friend kneading on soft surfaces like blankets or pillows? 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 from kittenhood. It’s believed to be a leftover instinct from when they were nursing from their mother. The rhythmic motion of kneading helps kittens stimulate milk flow from their mother’s nipples. So, when your cat kneads on your lap or a cozy blanket, it’s a sign of comfort and contentment. Not only is kneading a way for cats to show their happiness, but it also helps them mark their territory. Cats have scent glands in their paws, so when they knead, they are leaving their scent behind. It’s their way of claiming ownership of their favorite spot. If your cat’s kneading becomes too intense and starts to scratch or damage furniture, providing them with a designated soft surface, like a cat bed or a blanket, can help redirect this behavior. Remember, kneading is a natural and instinctual behavior for cats, so it’s essential to be patient and understanding. Next time you see your furry friend kneading away, remember that it’s a sign of love, comfort, and contentment. Embrace this sweet behavior and cherish the special bond you share with your feline companion.

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