Kneading - or 'making biscuits' as it is sometimes known - is uniquely feline behaviour. It is that thing they do when they push in and out with their paws, just like a baker kneading dough.
They always knead on a soft object like a cushion, a pile of laundry - or you! - and are usually contentedly purring as they carry out this rhythmic motion.
It is an instinctive action and is probably because as kittens they kneaded their mothers to stimulate the flow of milk. Cats find it comforting.
Another theory is that it goes back to the days when wild cats patted down tall vegetation like grass to make a soft bed to sleep on or to give birth.
Also, cats have scent glands in the soft pads on the bottoms of their paws. When they knead, some of their unique scent is released and serves as a territorial marker.
So when your cat is kneading your lap, he’s not only telling you he feels comfortable and secure, but he’s claiming you as his own.
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