SciShow tackles one of the cutest questions ever: Why cats knead. You might have heard the theory, but do you know what adult cats would hold on to kitten-like behavior? The answers await!
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I love it my baby boy is in ultra love mode but he doesn't need to mark his territory on my bunk bed because the dog can't get on the top bunk 😁 and I love my cat. He comes in the bathroom when I need to pee and he wants me to love him while I'm on the toilet 😂
Cats pummel without using there claws, to "knead out" milk from the mothers milk glands, but when they pummel, using their claws (usually done before lying down to sleep) they are checking whether is is safe to lie down and make sure they are not lieing down on something alive. This is an ancient instict.
So while I was watching this my kitten was kneading and nuzzling her nose against my phone. And she loves watching YouTube with me too. She's such a dork but I love her. I wish I could share a picture of her cuteness lol
This truly made me smile. I once came into contact with a wild and homeless cat. After feeding her and giving her blankets and lots of love, she grew to trust and love me. Her favorite activity was snuggling up on my lap and kneading me. We eventually had to send her to a shelter because winter was growing near. This left a huge hole in my heart. I do wonder where and how she is today :( Thank you for reminding me of her love and trust for me 😽
The cure is to keep plush flannel (and even soft wool) blankets around. Kneeding cats love them. Then you don't have to worry about them doing it to you. My cat is a suckling kneeder who is happy with plush flannel and soft wool.
My cat lost her mother at around 3 weeks old. We dont know what happen to her mother or maybe siblings but my brother while working found her on a train coming from the USA with pipes and fibre glass so when he heard her mewing the little grey blue eyed fluff ball he couldnt resist taking her home. I was the only one who actually knew a lot about kittens (i try to learn about everything and one of those things ended up being how to care for mitherless newborn kittens) and i found that most cats would knead while she didnt. But now if i leave my very soft fluffy robe on the floor she will sit ontop of it and begin to knead and suckle on it. She only started doing it recently and she is about 10 months old (we got her maybe 3 weeks old and so we assumed she was born on April 28th but she was found May 19th)
My kitten is always kneeding
But he never had a mom once his mom had him she ignored him and his siblings
His siblings died but he lived and we had to give him a pet bottle so he can drink milk since he was still too young so he’s still alive and healthy
Feeding kneeding and adult kneeding are 2 different things. FK is a survival of the strongest trait instinctively done by kittens to try and get more milk than their siblings. AK is a method wild cats would use in the wild to check the ground for anything unpleasant or dangerous in the spot they were going to lie down on while simultaneously making them a softer area to take a cute kitty nap on. Also PS I live in Kalispell in Kalispell MT so I'm only like 2 hours away from you guys which I think is pretty cool!! 😀👍
My kitten does this when I put him on my lap and we're preparing for a nap. And when I'm sitting outside about to feed him. He loves to do it on my shoes. He purrs and sticks out his claws while he does it.
Wildcats *do* knead. Kneading is a wild trait. A cat does this to "flatten grass" and to check the ground is safe before sleeping. That's why your cats knead on the spot that they are about to sleep on and This is why they only do it on soft or springy surfaces. Tame wildcats are very friendly with humans and the only difference between them and housecats is that they are slightly bigger. The African wildcat is the ancestor of the housecat and they haven't really evolved. Kneading is not a sign of love and cats do not really need us, they are no less independent than wildcats.
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