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Q. What is kneading?

Answered By
LANA RICH

A. Kneading is the motion cats make by rhythmically alternating their paws, pushing in and out against a pliable, soft object (such as a lap). Not all kittens (and cats) knead in the same way; some never push out their claws at all, and some even use all four paws. Some experts say kneading is an instinctual reflex from when the kitten help stimulate the mother's milk production, while others claim it is a way to mark you by activating scent glands inside the bottom of their paws. Either way, to ensure the comfort of both you and your kitten, make a habit of keeping his nails trimmed, or invest in nail guards to cover your cat's nails.


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