Cats are very intelligent pets, as they can recognize our emotions and react to them.
A cat may stay around if it recognizes that their owner is sad and vice-versa.
Besides, cats may also show affection in various ways, and they expect their owners to react, too.
Cats may show affection through grooming you, purring, cheek rub, blinking at you, showing their belly, and kneading.
However, kneading may also mean a lot of things, as we will find out later in this post.
But before then, let’s define what kneading means. Kneading is a repetitive process that a cat makes.
It involves a rhythmic motion where your feline friend pushes their paws into a soft surface, switching from one paw to another.
Throughout the kneading process, the cat pushes its paws in and out of the soft surface. At times, they extend their claws before relaxing.
Is your cat kneading your face and don’t know why? Here are some of the possible reasons:
1. A Sign Of Affection
When a cat kneads its owner’s face, it is a sign of affection.
Just like humans, cats also show affection by physically touching you through kneading.
The claws may be painful if the cat scratches your lap, but you should not chase away your feline friend as they are not trying to hurt you.
Apart from kneading, the cat may also blink their eyes at you or sit close to you. This is a sign of affection, and you should replicate it.
What To Do
If your cat is fond of kneading your lap, you should regularly trim its claws and put a thick, soft blanket on your lap so that you don’t get hurt.
2. Marking You As Her Territory
Another possible reason is that your cat is marking her territory.
Cats have scent glands in their paws, and they leave a scent behind when they knead on your lap.
Also, cats leave this scent in any place where they knead.
Hence, this scent helps them to let other cats know that this is their territory.
What To Do
There is nothing to do as this signifies that your cat has marked you as her human.
However, you can also make the process more comforting by acquiring a thick blanket so that you’re not hurt with its claws.
3. To Play With You
A cat may knead your face because it wants to play. For instance, if it kneads you and runs away, this is a sign that it wants to play.
What To Do
This is a common thing with pet owners who don’t have pet toys for their cats to play with. Get some cat toys for your furry friend so that she can keep herself engaged and play with her as well.
4. A Sign That They Are Hungry
If your furry friend’s trimmed claws awake you, then your cat may be trying to communicate something. If you didn’t feed it properly at night, then it may be hungry and needs some food.
What To Do
Always ensure that your feline is well fed before sleeping and leave dry food in its feeding bowl before going to sleep.
As a result, your cat will not wake you up early in the morning or knead you as you take a deep nap.
5. Relax After A Stressful Experience
It is common for your cat to knead after going through a hard time.
Kneading your face helps them to relax and feel soothed. So, when your cat scratches your lap tenderly, you should let it do so.
What To Do
Give your cat the needed company when it comes close to you. You never know what a hard time it may be experiencing.
6. To Snuggle Up To You
Cats feel more secure when they sleep close to their owners.
Therefore, the cat may knead if it wants to sleep.
Additionally, this is an indication that they trust you and feel comfortable whilst next to you.
So, if your cat stretches and snuggles up to you, take it easy as it is just comfortable sleeping next to you.
Also, she might be releasing her scent to mark her territory.
What To Do
You can make it more comfortable by touching it or just letting it sleep comfortably.
As usual, ensure that you have a cloth or blanket in case it overdoes it
Similar to humans, cats also need attention and affection.
So, if you want to bond better with your furry friend, it is essential to understand her and treat them the way you would want them to treat you.
Determine why your cat is kneading your face and help them out.
And if your cat kneads frequently, keep her claws short and place a blanket on your lap so that you don’t get hurt in the process.
Purrfect n’ Pawesome is the brainchild of Amanda, who has been into researching and writing about pets to help other pet parents in nurturing their adorable pets. Currently, she runs Purrfect n’ Pawesome along with her team of experienced and dedicated pet experts. Along with being an awesome writer and entrepreneur, Amanda is a cat mom to two innocently spoiled cats, Balanca and Scruffy.
She has been writing about pet care and nurturing and wants to share her readers’ experiences, learnings, and knowledge.
Over the years, she had the opportunity to work with various pet owners having multiple breeds, and that exposure gave her experience and the lessons of a lifetime.
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