While it might seem like most cats fancy themselves as mini-masseuses, there’s a very good reason why your cat will use their little paws to prod you in that most adorable way… And it actually says a lot about their opinion of you! Here’s what they’re trying to say.
Incredibly, most kittens start to ‘knead’ well before their eyes are even open. As a baby, they’ll use this move as a way of stimulating extra milk flow from their mother. But once they move out of home and move into yours, the kneading remains.
Why? While it’s true that prodding can be used to assess the softest and most comfortable spot for a future nap, there is one principal reason for this behaviour. And the give away is the purr that becomes the background music to your massage. Cats actually use kneading as a way of conveying their feelings of security and contentment. In fact, there’s no greater compliment that knowing you provide them with a level of love they relate back to when they were a kitten. Obsessive masseuses (like Cricket) are merely anxious to show you that gratitude…whenever and wherever they can.
So sit back and try to enjoy it. Instead of them breaking bread with you…they’re just attempting to make it. And maybe trim their nails too. It makes for a much more enjoyable experience…