Why Do Cats Knead? Here’s The Reason Behind This Behaviour

If you have a pet cat, at some point, you’ve probably caught your cat kneading - pushing their paws in and out against a soft object like a blanket or your lap.

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It’s also referred to as “making biscuits” because it looks like they’re “kneading” dough.

There are a few different ideas out there as to why cats “make biscuits”, and here are some of the more popular theories as to why cats knead, according to PetMD…

#1 Kneading to Stretch Their Muscles

Cats are yoga masters! They love to work out and kneading their paws is one of the many ways cats keep themselves limber until the next nap.

#2 Kneading Blankets or Other Soft Items

Cats start to knead as kittens while nursing from their mother. A nursing kitten instinctively kneads to help stimulate the mother’s milk production. But... Why do they continue to knead past the nursing age?

If you see your cat kneading blankets, stuffed animals or other soft objects, just know that adult cats will forever associate the motion of kneading with the rewarding comfort of nursing. How adorable! 

#3 Why Cats Knead Their Owners?

But, what if your cat likes to knead people. Like, you?

If your cat is curled up and kneading your lap while you’re petting it, he is actually returning the affection and telling you he loves you right back! Yes, they reject you 98% of the time, but do know that your cats love you! 

However, it can be quite painful, since the happier your cat is, the harder it will dig in with its sharp nails. So, never punish your cat if it hurts… he doesn’t realise that it hurts. 

All in all, kneading is a natural behaviour and you have nothing to worry about! 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat