Cat biting while kneading

by ginger
(jax fl)

Ginger cat kneading

Ginger cat kneading

Does anybody else have this cat biting while kneading thing going on. Every time our cat gets comfortable he bites anything thats around like a blanket or whatever but prefers fabric materials while he kneads away.

I have had cats do the kneading thing with the front paws but this guy does it with all 4 paws. He also pulls back against what he is biting into. I guess it relaxes him since he can hardly keep his eyes open after a while of performing the biting and kneading ritual.

He is non responsive while doing this routine as well. It really gets creepy after awhile. I would compare this as going into a trance or almost being hypnotized. Regardless after 20 minutes or so he settles in for is what is usually a long nap of more then an hour. I guess I'm jealous as I have problems falling asleep and sometimes take ambian. I have tried his biting and kneading ritual and yes it's fun but does not help me sleep.

Here is a cat biting a blanket while kneading! This is not my cat but the routine is exactly the same.

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perfectly normal behavior
by: Anonymous

This is perfectly normal behavior. Vets use to say it was due to kittens being weaned to early, but generally most cats knead. It is them leaving their scent and marking their area. I have 3 cats that knead while biting my blanket and it seems to me that they are doing this to strengthen their bond with me as their mother figure. And each has their own area of my lap they claim. occasionally cats will assume a trance like state in doing this because it releases a feramone that in plain words makes them "happy" or tranquil. Some say it is just instinct from when cats were wild and shredded grass and leaves for beds. So both males and females do this.. perfectly normal.

dead mom
by: witchbaby

My cat serge has been doing that since he became a teenager. We found him when he still had his eyes closed next to four other dead kittens and dead mother. We thought he wasn't going to make it but he is now a healthy cat. We didn't know why until we asked our vet and she said it was cause he was just too young when lost his mum.

by: Anonymous

It is an instinct from kitten hood. It does occur when a kitten is weaned off too early. It's also a form of showing affection and it may consider you a parent. It is also a form of stress and anxiety relief. I just rescued a cat from the streets and after 3 days she sucks, and kneads my blanket purring right next to as I'm laying there. It's not weird at all. I would say it's like older kids that sucks their thumb. Your cat is saying I love you too.

cats kneading smelling and biting
by: Anonymous

Your cat displays classic symptoms of a cat in heat. He uses the cloth as a substitute of a female. Male cats bite the neck of the female to steady and dominate her during copulation.

I assume you have your male cats neutered. Otherwise they will mark your clothing and house with urine which is very difficult to get rid of.

by: Anonymous

I have been examining this behavior with my cat. He is a male. Almost a year. What ive come to find out is he is giving himself pleasure when doing his trance/kneading/biting thingy lol. Right after he is done , he smells the area , & then his mouth quivers & he leaves his mouth open for a few seconds , looking funny. Well I decided to take a smell for myself & it smelled of ejaculation. He then layed down , flipped up his leg & his lipstick was showing , yes I call his weenie , lipstick , because that's what it looks like. He then licked it until it went back inside , then fell fast asleep. Took a long time to realize this.

7 mo old cat does this
by: Anonymous

My daughters cat does this biting and kneading as well, generally not during the day, but he currently does it in the morning biting my robe while kneading and in the evening with a blanket or daughters pjs. it is odd because he just started it about a month ago. i never noticed it prior to that, but every morning now as soon as i sit down he is on my lap biting the robe and going thru this routine for a good 10-20 minutes.

Kitty sucks
by: Merily

We had a cat when I was growing up that did the same thing,the vet said it was because she was taken from her mother too soon and never properly weaned.I think that Ethel was just a weird cat.

cat biting blanket
by: Anonymous

my cat does the same thing. I dont think that they are "biting" but "nursing" on the blanket. My vet said that they do this when they are taken away from their mother too soon.

My cat has his favorite blankets. Some he wont touch but the "furrier" they are the better. We keep one special one in the corner of the family room for his enjoyment. Really a harmless habit.

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