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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-15-2005, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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excessive kneading

I see this kneading behavior mentioned in a few threads.

Anyway, one of my new kitties is an obsessive kneader. He kneads my head and neck area, while purring really loud. He can go for quite a LONG time witht his kneading activity.

the other kitty doesn't knead at all, and they were littermates.

What is the cause of this kneading behavior?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-15-2005, 09:27 PM
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I think it's really a mystery. There's a theory it has to do with the kitten being separated from mom too early, but since you have littermates, obviously that doesn't hold. Might it's just a personality quirk. I have one kneader like yours, the other two don't do it at all. I think it's kinda cute; I don't discourage it.
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I don't discourage it at all, I like it!!! it feels like a little massage!! except I MUST trim his nails, OWIE, they dig into my head while he is kneading!
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-15-2005, 10:09 PM
 
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I love when my baby kneads. I get so excited.
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One theory is that it's a carried-down behavior that is/was used to get milk out of the mother cat. I always found that kneading, purring, and rubbing their nose at you was a sign of affection. She/He probably thinks you are it's mom.
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One theory is that it's a carried-down behavior that is/was used to get milk out of the mother cat. I always found that kneading, purring, and rubbing their nose at you was a sign of affection. She/He probably thinks you are it's mom.
Are there other theories? I always thought that there was only the one theory- getting milk from Mom.
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Are there other theories?
that's a fact, not a theory. kittens do knead to get milk from the nipple. I think the speculation comes in why an adult cat kneads long after it's weaned. that's what we don't really know for sure.
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So maybe it is safe to assume...
Kneading to Intelligence!

How is that for a theory?
Smart kitty will get more milk!
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-16-2005, 10:32 AM
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You know, my car Marsh has never kneaded in his life, until recently.

He started kneading every night, right before cozing up next to me on the pillow. It's a 'ritual' now. He comes onto the bed, and starts kneading on my chest, stomach and neck, purring loudly with this sort of a glazed over look in his eyes!

Truthfully, i always thought kneading was a little immature and liked that Marsh didn't do it.. but now i ADORE IT and would hate for him to stop Is that wrong? LOL... It makes me feel great, that he's really bonded to me
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-16-2005, 11:07 AM
 
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Are there other theories?
that's a fact, not a theory. kittens do knead to get milk from the nipple. I think the speculation comes in why an adult cat kneads long after it's weaned. that's what we don't really know for sure.
Wrong choice of words. I know it was a fact-not a theory. The poster made is sound like there were other explaniations floating around out threre. I have never heard any other explanations. I was just curious what others where saying.
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