Happy World Cat Day! This honorary day not only brings awareness to cat adoptions, it also celebrates our kitties at home! We show our cats affection with treats, toys and cuddles, but how do they reciprocate the love? If you’ve seen your cat “making biscuits” that’s a good sign! Here are five things your purring kitty is telling when they knead:
#1. It’s their kitten instinct to nurse
When our cats were kittens and started to nurse, the kneading motion on their mama’s belly was a way to stimulate milk flow. This sweet interaction tells their moms they are receiving the nutrients they need.
#2. It’s getting cozy
Like people, cats have definite preferences for where they are most comfortable. As our kitties age, kneading becomes a way to show they are relaxed. There is a therapeutic, self-soothing element to the motion of kneading, even if it is on your arm, a blanket, or a pillow. Once you see those sweet eyes start to squint, and you hear that soft purr, its clear your kitty is comfortable and maybe ready for a cat-nap! When cats cuddle on your lap, it offers 3 benefits: it’s elevated, and many cats like to roost up off the floor; laps are warm, cats are attracted to body heat (especially in the colder months); laps are a safe place, cats can cozy up and have a sense of security.
#3. Telling you they love you
Kittens not only knead on their mothers for milk flow, it’s also to show their love for their mom. Their instinct to knead is a sign they feel the same way about you! All of our kitties “love languages” are different but you can be sure if you see your purring fur baby start to knead, they are telling you they love you.
#4. They are happy!
We all know our kitties are in a good mood when they start purring or chirping at us. Just like with our pets, people can tell if someone is happy is through their body language. When our cats snuggle up and start making biscuits—you know they’re happy. It’s that cranky, swift wagging tale you have to worry about.
#5. Marking their territory
Did you know cats have scent glands in the pads of their feet? When they knead their little feet get warm and excrete their scent, essentially marking their territory. This is why you’ll notice your cat sleeping in the same spots. It’s a way for your kitties to make themselves feel at home, safe and secure.
In honor of World Cat Day treat your kitties to extra cuddles and don’t stop until they start purring and kneading! How are you going to celebrate with your cat? Comment below!