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Behavior in cats: Why does it knead?


Many cat owners wonder why their cat exerts slow, alternating pressure with their front paws on a blanket, sweater, or their own arms and knees.

What should we understand? Is this normal behavior? Should we be worried?

Decryption of this typically feline attitude.

Why does the cat knead?

Knead or patouner with closed eyes, purring with pleasure is an attitude very often observed in cats. Several reasons encourage him to maintain this ritual.

Rediscover the well-being of breastfeeding:

From birth, the kitten kneads its mother's udders to increase the flow of milk and to be able to suck greedily. This contact is a happiness absolute for him.

As an adult, he continues to paddle to regain the well-being experienced during this maternal intimacy.

Releasing pheromones:

Certain kneading sessions allow the cat to release pheromones with its pads, located under its paws.

  • On objects (blanket, furniture, etc.), it marks its territory.
  • On one of your members, it controls its territory. As Dave Barry wrote so well: “Dogs have masters, cats have servants. " Eh yes ! in your cat's head, you live with him.

Reduce stress:

Trample with its forelegs is equivalent to your tomcat doing a yoga session. He relaxes, reduces stress, purrs and sometimes sucks.

Smart advice

Enjoy these moments of bliss to strengthen your bond with your cat. Remember that kneading is accompanied by purring or a real stress reliever for us humans (see also: purring therapy for human well-being).

Instinctive behavior

  • In the wild, animals shape their lair to make a cozy nest, by scratching, kneading, trampling the ground before curling into a ball to sleep. Your cat instinctively reproduces this practice.
  • The cat while kneading announces its heat to come.

Should we be worried about the cat's kneading?

Although kneading is normal behavior, there are cases where it is appropriate to intervene.

Behaviors to watch out for:

  • If your cat is patrolling on you to the point of hurting you. You have to say "no!" And push him away. This moment must remain pleasant for both of them.
  • If this ritual comes back too often. It reflects a cat's hyperattachment for its owner or a form of depression. To feel better, the cat tries to release pheromones.

Cats most affected

Kittens that are unweaned or removed too early from their mother. Deprived of the educational program taught by the mother figure in the company of their siblings, the little ones are poorly socialized and remain emotionally fragile.

Smart tips:

Ideally, welcome your cat at the age of 3 months so that it is well balanced.

How to help them?

  • Talk to your veterinary to find a suitable treatment. Each subject is different. It may be a synthetic pheromone device to soothe your cat.
  • A behaviorist can help your cat reduce their anxiety by observing their living environment and habits. Simple advice with an outside eye is always very beneficial.

To discover: all our articles on cats.

L.D.

Video: Why Do Cats Knead? Cat Kneading Explained!! (October 2020).