Kneading Male Neutered Cat
by Margaret Karlan
(Lake Forest, Ca)
Agitated Trance-like kneading in male neutered cat. My two year old male Ragdoll cat is a great cat but occasionally he jumps onto my husband's lap and starts kneading with his front paws and slightly arches his back.
He is not himself and is agitated during this time. My husband puts him down when he starts this. He is normally a loving social cat. I looked up seizures and he doesn't have any of those symptoms. We mentioned it to the vet who didn't seem to be familiar with these traits.
Voted Best Comment: Accupunture vs. Catupuncture
Okay, so we have a pile of comments proving it's a common concern about weird male cats with aggressive kneading habits, but no "expert" explanation. I figured I just have a kinky cat. However, I have this shoulder injury that pains me when I perform any form of heavy lifting or working over my head for extended periods.
I came home one night and flopped down in a chair to relax and unwind. My cat always greets me at the door. He always stretches and holds out his left forepaw, with toes splayed, as if waiting for a hand shake or a high five. LOL He does this for no one else in the house. Anyway, once I sat down, he jumped on my lap and started purring loudly. Instead of staying on my lap, he walked up my chest and stood on my right shoulder. Keep in mind this is a 19 pound Tom cat.
He began to massage my shoulder and worked the muscles deeply. Then came the claws. It felt painfully good on my tired old muscles and now I have become a part of his ritual kneading. He seems to know when I am sore. I have dubbed his kneading with claws "Catupuncture". I agree with some here who portray the aggressive kneading as sexual in nature. I would be really interested in hearing from the cat psychologists and psychiatrists experts. I also welcome other opinions from people with a different take on the root cause of the behavior.