I`m a cat lover, but I`ll be the first one to concede that they have many neurotic behaviors: Using furniture as a scratching post, defecating outside the litter box, knocking over knick-knacks, tormenting the family dog, coughing up hair balls right after you`ve vacuumed ...
But there`s one cat behavior that more than makes up for all of their bad habits: Kneading
It`s therapeutic watching a feline rhythmically pushing back and forth with its paws, kneading some soft object. Even when your kitty is kneading an expensive item of clothing, you don`t mind too much, it`s so mesmerizing watching him.
Watching a cat knead a pillow or a sweater is relaxing, but when he is kneading your stomach it`s paradise! I don`t even mind when my 25-pound cat, Tico, jumps on my stomach and kneads his little heart out.
Kneading is often a precursor to sleeping, it`s not unusual for both me and Tico to be snoring soon after he starts kneading my stomach.
Cats may not be needy creatures, but they are masters at kneading, and that`s why we love them to death.
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