Why do cats knead?

Cats knead because they are happy. When they are kittens, they knead milk from their mother - it speeds up the flow of milk by doing it. As adults, cats will often knead when they are being petted or just before they sit down somewhere when they are happy. The "kneading" is just moving their paws up and down repeatedly, pushing against something. It's not anything to worry about - it's really the same thing as purring, in that it's an instinctual reaction that cats have to being happy. Many times they will knead your lap when they sit in it, etc.


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