This whole “kneading” cat thing, what is up with my cat?
Question by Wut up: This whole “kneading” cat thing, what is up with my cat?
A little background on the cat: She’s about 14 weeks old, I found her when she was about 8 weeks old, abandoned in a box. She’s a solo cat who seems to be pretty happy in my house, and yes, she’s spoiled rotten.
Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m no cat expert. In fact, the kitten I have now is the only cat I’ve ever owned. So, this thing she does is a total mystery to me.
First of all, my cat does that “kneading” thing. I looked it up online, and there’s apparently millions of cats that do this. They take their paws, alternating right and left, and sort of go back and forth sort of massaging an area. I’ve trimmed her nails, so I can handle that. I looked up the “cat psychology” on this, and apparently, this is supposed to mean it’s a happy cat. Sure, I have a happy cat….. but it’s got this especially neurotic thing it does WHILE it’s doing this. It CHEWS, too. So, it sounds like this fast passed ticking clock while it’s pawing and chewing on me. It’s kneads and chews at the same time. WTH?
It doesn’t just chew and knead on anything, oh no, my cat is way to picky for that, she only does it to my bathrobe. It’s gross. I put her down, she jumps back up, I put her down, she jumps back up, I put her down… I think you get it. If I let her do it, I end up with this huge cat drool puddle on my robe. If I don’t let her do it, she (you guessed it.. jumps back up) The more I try to get her to stop, the more insistent she gets about it.
She wont do it unless I’m wearing the bathrobe. If it’s just laying on the bed, she ignores it. If I have on regular clothes, she couldn’t be bothered. I put the bathrobe on my daughter to see if she would do it to her… nope. Just me. I’ve washed the thing in all different kinds of detergent hoping that would stop her. Nope. I even sprayed it with this cat repellent spray I got at the pet store (it’s supposed to be for furniture).
Now, I haven’t seen any other cat chew and do the hand thing at the same time. I’ve looked on youtube, I’ve asked other cat owners that I know. I think she’s the only one. Either way, it’s driving me NUTS! In fact, she’s doing it right now and I’m about ready to get the cat a muzzle.
My big questions are:
1.Is this normal?
2. Will she grow out of it
3. How do I get her to stop?
These are ALL great answers, and I thank you for your help. I’m not sure who to pick for a “best”, so I’m going to put it to a vote. Thanks again everyone!
Answer by Lauren
I also have a cat who does this, and it might be because of the texture of the robe. We have a soft fuzzy blanket, and the working theory is that he was taken away from his mom too young; one of the other things kneading does is it’s basically a ‘milking’ motion. Because the blanket is so soft and fuzzy – and maybe too because the person under it is so nice and warm – for these once-abandoned kitties, they have some sort of strange notion that the person is ‘mom’, and the kneading and ‘chewing’ is the act of feeding. I really don’t know how you would stop this, except to get a bathrobe made out of a less fur-like material, like waffle weave or silk or something. I have baby kittens right now who do the same thing with my (fuzzy) bathrobe – but they’re so cute I don’t mind.
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