Why Does My Cat Knead?
No matter if you call it “kneading,” “making biscuits,” or whatever you may have grown up saying, for some it’s a bit of a mystery.
Why exactly do cat’s push rhythmically alternating their paws in and out against a soft surface?
Some believe that cats “knead” when they’re relaxed and content, most probably because kneading is often accompanied by purring. The theory is that the act of kneading is a behavior kittens engage in while nursing from their mother.
Nursing time for kittens is a happy, safe, relaxing time. I believe that as cats grow up, they may associate this behavior with feeling safe and comfortable.
That may be why some cats knead on blankets, pillows, cushions, or even your lap or chest. It’s likely a comfy spot that makes them feel safe and happy; consequently, they show how they feel.
Others believe cats may knead as a way to return affection, still others view it as a way for cats to stay limber. No matter what you believe, it’s a natural, instinctual behavior.
Cats of all ages may knead, and it’s not something you need to worry about. It’s a harmless act that (I believe) shows your cat feels bonded to you (or his favorite blanket, etc.).
Unfortunately, sometimes our cats may get a little too into it and may extend their claws, which can be painful. If that’s the case, you can always move your cat to another sleeping spot, or, as I prefer, just grab a thick blanket and place it on your lap, so there’s less of a chance of your getting scratched.