Purring Love: Why  Does My Cat Knead Me

Instinctual behavior

Kneading is a natural behaviour of cat due to stemming from kittenhood, associated with comfort, relaxation, and positive memories.

Marking territory

Cats knead to mark their territory with scent from their paws, claiming ownership and expressing connection when they knead you.

Displaying affection

Cat's kneading shows love, purring, seeking closeness. It's a way to bond and express affection with their human companions.


Cats knead to mark territory, show affection, bond with humans, and maintain muscle flexibility by stretching and relieving stiffness.


Kneading comforts cats with soothing rhythm and paw pressure, fostering a sense of security and contentment.