Cats are undoubtedly one of the most remarkable animals in the face of the planet. Sure, we’re biased but who can blame us? We ARE crazy cat ladies and proud of it! :) Anyway, there’s a lot of interesting behaviors that are common to domesticated cats that are leaves all of us baffled. And kneading is at the forefront of those. If you haven’t seen a cat knead, you’re missing out on something! It is the motion a cat makes by rhythmically and alternatingly pushing their paws in and out at something soft – most likely a body part (ouch!). We liken it to a soldier’s steady march or washing the laundry, but this one involves claws. Double ouch, right? But strangely enough, it becomes quite hypnotic after a while. It’s some sort of cat voodoo thing, probably. Here’s a video of Kuki kneading the threads out of one of Van’s shirt:
There have been a lot of theories why this behavior occur. The website petMD has those covered. Having been with our band of misfits for several years now, we’ve observed that they usually knead before they go to sleep, after being petted or most often when they want us to pet them. Sort of like a trap for the unwary… duh-duh-duh-Dum! Lol!
We like to believe that our cats knead to show their cuteness, contentment and love – I know, we’re super screwed. LoL! So, why do think your cats knead?