Why does my cat suckle my clothing?
July 1, 2007 1:47 AM Subscribe
My cat kneads me often, but it's more than that. What is this behavior?
posted by ScarletSpectrum to pets & animals (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Ever since I adopted my kitty from the mean streets two years ago, he has engaged in kneading behavior with me. He will jump on my lap and knead my flesh while purring maniacally, til he's had enough and takes off. I realize this isn't uncommon cat behavior, but mine adds a new twist - he will bite whatever shirt I happen to be wearing and pull at it hard while he's kneading. It's a constant part of his kneading ritual. I thought it might have something to do with his kittenhood - applying Freudian concepts to felines, I figured maybe he wasn't suckled enough as a baby - but he doesn't seem to be growing out of it, and in fact, the behavior has been escalating.
What is my cat doing?