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Why Do Cats Knead?

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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! ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/artist/52/SciShow Or help support us by subscribing to our page on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Thanks Tank Tumblr: http://thankstank.tumblr.com Sources: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-brief-history-of-house-cats-158390681/ http://www.smcm.edu/psyc/_assets/documents/SMP/Showcase/1213_LMartin.pdf http://www.livescience.com/40548-why-do-cats-knead.html http://bigcatrescue.org/wildcat-facts/
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FullFledged2010 (2 days ago)
I always thought they do it in the wild to make the ground loose so its warmer and nicer to lay down on?
Michelle Scott (7 days ago)
Who Else Is Watching In 2018 And While Their Cat Is Kneading?
Chad Carter (10 days ago)
Cats are evil dogs are way better as pets
Lelalee 360 (11 days ago)
My cat would suckle on my blankets!
No (20 days ago)
I’m watching this as my cat is hardcore kneading while I’m in my bed. What a bean!
Robert Michon (24 days ago)
I can across this video on Turbo feline roadmap - there's many great videos there that will help out
ADTP- ADogThePro (1 month ago)
James veitch
Pastel unicorn x (1 month ago)
My cat jumps on my bed and kneads me it hurts but I love knowing that it loves me ❤️❤️❤️❤️
GalaxyRobloxMD (1 month ago)
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 😂
vBDKv (2 months ago)
They do so when they feel safe and comfy. It's like when you go to bed, and you have a fluffy pillow or someting, everything is nice snug. You just wanna sleep. That's cats :)
Chad Castagana (2 months ago)
Why do domestic cats like to do this? 10,000 years of selective breeding maybe?
Alex Bavelli (2 months ago)
cool vid
Alduin 96 (2 months ago)
Meow lan shung
Voltaic Fire (2 months ago)
I got an unskippable advert for a spray that covers up the smell of crap. Even cat based cuteness isn't worth it.
I call it makin' muffins. I don't mind being owned by my cat haha. He's mine as well.
Milan Tique (3 months ago)
Aw so it’s cuz they are wittle babies
sadkat (3 months ago)
When I tried to pet my cat while kneading, it meows like it's telling me to stop or go away lol.
PGLays (3 months ago)
My cat kneads on blankets and clothes. She's always purring when she does it. Then she falls asleep.
PGLays (3 months ago)
or maybe they knead fuzzy blankets when their claws get stuck in them? Idk just a thought
Monica Havemann (3 months ago)
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.
Katelyn Timothy (3 months ago)
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
holling harris (3 months ago)
My cat was declawed when we got him, & the kneading is actually a really good massage
Cactus Spikes (3 months ago)
I have a nervous cat who is basically a 3 year old kitten. He yells when hes hungry snuggles on top of you anddd kneeds too. Hes a snuggle boy but also a annoying boy.
Angelica Sabado (4 months ago)
i love the comments here hahahaha
lynthetic (4 months ago)
watching this while my kitten is kneading me
Daddy Len-Len (4 months ago)
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 😽
404 The Geek (4 months ago)
My cat kneads me
Toge Pi (4 months ago)
Hank is so cute in this video xD Thanks for the information, though! I always wondered about that haha
SpunkDustbin (4 months ago)
Knead me, daddy.
This Is A Name (4 months ago)
my uncles cat Gizmo only recently started kneading
Masked One (4 months ago)
You know that feeling that subconscious feeling you get when something isn't safe. What is it?
raedwulf61 (4 months ago)
Cats are too kneady. Get a dog.
Latora Cue (4 months ago)
Little tiny knives lol
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.
Goldenfire Fox (4 months ago)
My cute cats, especially my siamese male, love to knead
M0rk (5 months ago)
We really knead to think of better puns.
MrsG87 (5 months ago)
We had two pups do this in their adult years, they'd knead and suckle the blankets we gave them lol.
Glinkling Smearnops (5 months ago)
All you knead are Cats! Cats are all you knead.
doornik1142 (5 months ago)
Well that's that settled. Now tell me why dogs turn in a circle before laying down.
Elizabeth Roman (5 months ago)
I knead my cat and now she really likes me.
Mahler Carranca (5 months ago)
Maybe is just producing more energy by static
Mason RobertsTV (5 months ago)
They knead to do it
Andrea Patane (5 months ago)
Tricky behaviors that I can't interpret very well.
Girl ThatIsAGirl (5 months ago)
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)
Seth Ramirez (5 months ago)
Now I know why my cat suckled my bedsheet :/
Taylor Craig Newbold (5 months ago)
They're searching for weaknesses. They are, after all, the Devil's minions.
Mahira Opel (5 months ago)
Wow! I didn’t know my dad’s my cats mom now..ps my cats do that only to my dad
Micah Philson (5 months ago)
*OOOooooohhh my God!* I just realized! Felis Silvestris Sylvester the Cat, from Looney Tunes Wow, that was actually a really good joke that not a single child watching the series ever got!
Kristin Diamandis (5 months ago)
I feel stupid I thought they did that to make/prepare their bed 💀
Prince EEEYYAYYY (5 months ago)
Why do cats knead what?
Diren Cloe (5 months ago)
I like calling it "making muffins"
Summer Lindeman (5 months ago)
My cat use to live in the wild
Summer Lindeman (5 months ago)
My cat Billy does that
Issa and Red (6 months ago)
Omg "they go up to you and make biscuts out of you."I'm dead 😂
amber Chambers (6 months ago)
I have a question, I have a normal house cat that I’ve had since he was a baby that purrs cuddles and everything normal but he never kneads. Does anyone know why???
Avaleigh Davis (6 months ago)
My cat kneads my tummy without her claws
Catwow (6 months ago)
Why do cats need what?!
Koshi Moshi (6 months ago)
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
pattythe seeker (6 months ago)
lol, tiny knives of love. ouch, ouch ouch lol
Students React (6 months ago)
My cat keeps its claws in when she kneads
iiMooseii (6 months ago)
It hurts UNLESS you have your cat declawed, and then it just feels like an amazing massage. :D
rosa clifford (6 months ago)
I love when my cat kneads on me, it’s like a mini massage!
Christina Wolfle (6 months ago)
Human toddlers whom were breastfed 🤱 do this toooooo and its sooooooooooooo annoying!
Louelle Hwang (6 months ago)
because they will be baking bread.
LEX37 (7 months ago)
Well...did you ever read "The Cat's Revenge" by Claude Bawles?
Teguh Aja (7 months ago)
ah the more knife the better.. i knew that my cats love me so much
crazy peach (7 months ago)
Heck yeah it hurts like mad. My cat...I've had her for almost 5 years and she's never done it before...she does now. My arm looks horrible. Lol
mackenzie crichton (7 months ago)
for the first two years of my cat Maxi's life he would stick his face in our hair and knead it while he sucked on it. it was really weird. but he's five now and he still kneads.
HauntedShadowsLegacy (7 months ago)
I try placing a blanket on my lap before my cat can jump on me. Big ol' thick blanket to create that 'thick pelt' as protection.
Shelly Blanchard (7 months ago)
It is their way of saying I am hungry. My cat does that and then waits till I go the kitchen to see what I am going to give him.
Jane Hibberd (7 months ago)
Kitty does it to me when she's hungry.
TSpider Keeper (8 months ago)
The African wild cat kneads and does exactly what the house cats do. Its also where a tabby cat comes from is a African wild cat
Henry (8 months ago)
Wildcats do cuddle.
Ersan Seer (8 months ago)
Alright man. This needs to be said. You're a great host.
Craig DeBlock (8 months ago)
I still think they're tenderizing you, just in case...
Jairo Diaz (8 months ago)
THE CAT IN THE THUMBNAIL LOOKS *EXACTLY* LIKE MINE!!
Neko Tachi (8 months ago)
"It's cute cause kitty loves you but it's painful cause kitty's love is made out of tiny knives!" Hahahaha even when they love you cats can kill you lol
E Mack (8 months ago)
I call it "Kitty Mambo"!
ashlyn goodwin (8 months ago)
My cat is currently kneading me
Dee B (8 months ago)
What would happen if wolverine kneads you
Gamer Fazer (8 months ago)
Every time my cat kneads in my bed and i touch him, he leaves. So that means it is a type of way for the cat to mark his territory.
Bryson Waugh (8 months ago)
Cats and science ya
Nathaniel Gipson (8 months ago)
I get a Crash Course vibe from this...is it the same guy??
Nathaniel Gipson (8 months ago)
Whaaaaaaat??? Iknew it was something like that, because it was too crashcoursey
Fires Sparkling (8 months ago)
Nathaniel Gipson Its actually his brother.
Angrywolf 378 (8 months ago)
Why do cats KNEAD food?
Arttu Mahlakaarto (9 months ago)
I think i have some behavioral traits in common with wild cats, especially on social behavior
# Vlog Cat (9 months ago)
Why does cats bite your hair
KidMattersTV (9 months ago)
We are fostering 3 kittens and this has been really helpful for the kids. All the kitten love with their knives.
Eszra (9 months ago)
As a larger girl cats love making biscuits on me. I get kneading on the moment I let a friendly cat on my lap. Mostly it's not an issue. Adorable is what it is.
Little Blue Notebook (9 months ago)
Hanks breed me !!!
husky girl247 (9 months ago)
my cat Bella she does it all the time she's my life
amelia e (9 months ago)
Strange, my feral kitten I just picked up out of our back yard kneads.
Spencer Sidmore (9 months ago)
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!! 😀👍
Candace Oglesby (9 months ago)
Spencer Sidmore wow that makes sense everytime my cat knead thats where she lays down on.
Kawaii Yet (9 months ago)
'Con treats outta ya' looks at my dog
Tumraider (9 months ago)
I rescued a wild cat and he kneads but now he's dead
Ploni Almoni (10 months ago)
Could have be a 3 seconds video - "Who do cats knead? We don't know".
Xena Sims (10 months ago)
Why is it cats and dogs love being pet so much and humans don't?
Shrix (10 months ago)
Who else repeated this quote like 10 times? I know I'm not alone 😉
Juice River (10 months ago)
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.
Jane Hibberd (11 months ago)
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.
Doug Kirkham (11 months ago)
I ALWAYS THOUGHT CATS NEAD PEOPLE 's Stomas WAS TO FLUFF UP A PILLOW?

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