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Feline Friday: Ask Amy & Need to Be Kneaded

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kitten with laundry basket

Kittens often knead soft textures like this blanket--or your lap.

Cats paws are the most sensitive part of a cat’s body. And while cat clawing makes cat paws lethal weapons, the velvet-soft pads are exquisitely designed for any number of uses.

Kittens push rhythmically with their front paws against the mother cat’s breasts. This stimulates the release of milk. Called kneading because it resembles the way bread dough is made, the behavior carries over into adulthood. Many felines knead against soft objects when they seem to feel particularly happy and satisfied.

Do your cats knead? When do they do it? Is there a special circumstance that triggers the behavior–during lap-sitting or cuddle time in the morning before you get out of bed? What have I missed in this Ask Amy video about cat kneading behavior? Please share!

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

2 responses »

  1. Both of my cats knead anytime they are in my lap…they don’t do it to my guy. We call it “making biscuits” in our house. 🙂


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