Why does my cat knead objects?

Similar to eating grass, veterinarians and pet experts don’t fully understand why cats perform the kneading ritual. Several theories about why cats knead include:

  • An increasing urge for a mate during their heat cycle.

  • Attempting to soften bedding or make a more comfortable place to lie down.

  • Having never grown out of the habit from their kitten years, cats continue to knead thinking it will produce milk.

  • Leave the scent from their foot pads in areas they wish to mark as their territory.

  • Signifies a form of flattery when kneading an owner.

  • Stimulating milk flow from their mother’s nipples.