Excessive kneading with claws
Vala is about 4 months old now. She has two speeds, stop and go, and when she stops she's very cuddly and affectionate. Which is just what I wanted (the family cat growing up was a mouser and usually either ignored me or hissed at me).
In the last week or so, however, she's started doing an excessive amount of kneading. My experience with cats in the past is that when they first jump up on your lap they circle around, knead you a few times, and then settle down. Vala likes to cuddle up by my chin, sitting on the 'boob shelf' as a friend called it. She lays down and settles, and then starts kneading. Since she's that high up, she's kneading bare skin. At first it was just paws, it didn't hurt. But now she's starting to use claws too. Not a lot. I'm not getting actual scratches or bleeding or anything. It feels kind of like sandpaper being rubbed very lightly. And I'm getting a bit of a rash.
And now she's started doing it when I'm trying to sleep, too. I've tried removing her from my lap as soon as she starts using claws, but that doesn't seem to be making a difference. Either she hasn't made the connection between 'using claws' and 'getting kicked off', or she doesn't care.
I'm not sure what to try. I don't want her to stop cuddling, I just want her to stop kneading bare skin with claws!