Why do cats knit on you? Why does he paw at the floor by his bowl B4 he eats?

Asked by Fuzzy on Mar 24th 2009 Tagged knittingscratching, pawing in Scratching
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Izadore (Izzie)

What you call "knitting" is what we call "kneading". If you watch his face when he does it, he'll have a faraway look. It's like Linus from Peanuts and his blankie--it's a comfort thing and what baby kittens do on their mom's before they nurse and fall asleep. If he's doing it on you, be flattered. You were worried in your earlier question about him being "mad" at you. If he's kneading on you then he's not mad at you! As for the scratching at the floor, my Lily Rose does it after she eats. It's just one of her little habits and probably goes way pack to prehistoric times when cats were all wild.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 3/24/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Sassy (2001-2012)

When kittens want to suckle they stimulate milk production by kneading/knitting their mother's stomach. They associate this with happy times and food and often keep doing it through their lives. When he kneads on you it shows he's happy and likes you

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Oscar J. Cat

Here in the South, we call it "making biscuits." It's a comfort thing. Oscar makes biscuits on his blanket or my comforter before he settles to take a nap.

Oscar J. Cat answered on 3/25/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer