Kneading into a trance
Tabby cat taking a nap
My cat is kneading into a trance like frenzy. I adopted an adult neutered male Maine Coon cat from the pound about three months ago. Last month he attacked my leg while I was talking on the telephone.
I thought at first that he was play-stalking, but I've noticed that whenever I'm on the phone, he kneads repeatedly until he's in a feline trance.
And then when he's in this trance like state the frenzy sets in and next he attacks. It's happened several times. Is he attacking out of anxiety? How can I stop this weird cat behavior?
Voted best response by the cat community. Jules has this to say about a cat that kneads into a trance like state of being. I've had cats all of my life and I do not know what to make of this kneading business that my current two cats will do from time to time.
A few months back my 5 year old Himalayan spayed female started kneading compulsively before she would lay down to sleep. She would walk around on the bed in little circles kneading with all four paws for 15 min to a half-hour.
She has since stopped doing this for the most part, although she does still knead a little (only for a minute or two) before lying down. Then, last week, all-of-a-sudden, my 2 year old neutered male Himalayan started kneading compulsively too! I have been woken up in the middle of the night almost every single night since then with him kneading my legs or sitting on top of my back and kneading me.
He also purrs extremely loudly when he does this. He will knead compulsively for 30 minutes or so until he finally settles down. Last night though, I was lying in bed reading a magazine when he came up and started kneading my legs again. Like I mentioned with my other cat, he will knead with all four paws so it is like he is balancing on my calf which is a really strange thing to watch.
After he did this for 20 minutes or so he flipped around and started licking himself. Well we now call him Rocket Man, if you know what I mean. So, what I am now questioning, is if he is even really "kneading" me, or if he is attempting to mate with my leg. Obviously, this is really creeping me out.
I cannot be waking up in the middle of the night to find my cat humping my back. If that is what he is doing after all? Does anyone have any ideas? My cats have never done this until recently and now suddenly, it has become an obsession.