Why do cats knead? Here are 6 reasons

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What is cat kneading?

If a cat kneads, it generally means they’re contented and relaxed, which is undoubtedly a good thing.

Why do cats knead?

It’s something they did as a kitten

They’re making their bed

They’re displaying happiness or affection

They’re marking their territory

They’re working out

They’re in season

Can I stop my cat from kneading?

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Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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