cats that knead

by debbie
(lubbock texas)

my cat usually sleeps with us at the end of the bed. the past 2 weeks he has been kneading our feet and legs. it is so weird. he keeps doing it for long times if we don't stop him. he is usally a still cat. have you ever heard of this? please help me. he wakes me up doing this. thanks Debbie

Answer by Kate
All cats do this sort of behavior, although it is not fully understood it is beleived that it stems back to the days when they would knead their mothers tummy for milk. As an adult it is used as a sort of comforter and is often done when they are about to settle down and get cosy.
There is no way of preventing your cat from doing this, it is an instinct and completely harmless. usuall they will only do it for a little while and if you just move then a little they will often stop or go and do it elsewhere.
My own cat little Mo always does it when she is settling down but stops shortly after.

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