Why do cats knead?

July 21, 2017 3 Comments

Why do cats knead?

Some call it kneading dough, while other call it making biscuits. But, kneading is one of the quirks that cats have. 

After all, isn't it weird for a creature to lifts its paws on a soft surface again and again? 

But, what could it mean? 

In this blog, I'll address just that! 

Let's get started.

Cats and Kneading

Did you know that kneading starts when the cats are just tiny little kittens? 

Well, the thing is that kittens knead against their mother when they are nursing to increase the flow of the milk. 

But, why does this habit find its way to adulthood? 

This is because kneading is comforting. 

There's another theory.

Some people believe that adult cats knead in order to 'mark' their territory. 

This is because cats have scent glands on their paws and they use kneading as a way to mark their favourite things (and humans!) 


Why do you think cats knead? Let me know in the comments section! 

3 Responses


September 15, 2017

I think they do it as a comfort before sleep, well that’s when my two do it, it’s like when they go round and round before finally settling

Theresa lawson
Theresa lawson

August 05, 2017

Well, I use to think it was because the darling was separated from his/her mom too early !

Kandi Jackson
Kandi Jackson

July 28, 2017

I think it’s because they feel safe and loved just like they do when they make bisquits to go with their milk when they are nursing as a babies!

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