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Why Does Your Cat Like to Knead with Its Paws?

There’s no sight more endearing than to see your cat stretch out her paws and begin “kneading” what’s in front of her. A cat kneads in much the same way a baker works soft dough, using a pushing motion with her front paws, alternating between left and right. They will often purr while doing this, and the whole experience is pleasant and relaxing.

Cats knead when they’re kittens to stimulate milk production in the mother cat. The action pushes the mother’s skin away from their mouth as it stimulates the milk flow.

Kneading behavior appears in adult cats for different reasons. Like us, cats will sometimes get nervous, scared, or worried. If they are in unfamiliar territory, such as a vet’s office, some cats may knead bedding to help them relax and calm them down. It is a repetitive action that reminds them of a time when they felt safe and comforted.

But kneading can also be a sign that your cat is happyβ€”especially when you have a plush new blanket on your lap and your cat is getting settled in for a nap. It’s probably as comforting for you as it is for them. Kneading will sometimes be accompanied by purring. The rhythmic motions from their purring and kneading create a sense of calm that may be followed by a peaceful sleep.

It’s also no surprise that the kneading motion stimulates a sense of comfort in human caretakers. Cats that stretch out their claws when they knead might cause a little bit of pain, but that is easily remedied if you place a blanket or towel over your lap. Light, gentle kneading feels like a massage and could lull us to sleep alongside our contented feline friends.

Operation Catio!

Tomorrow is an exciting day! Hopefully (I say hopefully as one builder let us down a few weeks ago) our paving will be laid for our outside safe area for the girls. If you didn’t know a catio is a cat enclosure or β€œcat patio” that provides feline safety and enrichment outdoors. It is a purrfect solution while you enjoy peace of mind knowing your cat is always safe, whether it is an indoor or outdoor cat.

Our catio will come off our small kitchen extension and the French doors will open out into the catio. We have gone big! It is approximately 9 meters in length x 3 meters wide x 2.4 meters high!…obviously the girls know nothing about it 😼 but i am extremely excited for them ☺

I will post pictures as it progress, but in the mean time, here are some beautiful photos/video of Pixel I took this morning while I was supervising her in the garden (won’t have to do that once the catio is installed 😊)

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That’s a first!

Occasionally I have one Chartreux on my lap, but never two!

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More Garden… 🌻

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Naughty Pixel!

Nova and Pixel have been out this afternoon enjoying the sun again today. But!…naughty Pixel decided to have a look over the fence!! 😳😳

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We finally upgraded our Broadband provided yesterday (total nightmare when everyone was trying to use!) which allowed us, at last, to be able to connect our new microchip hub cat flap. It reads the cat’s microchip, and in turn you can control the cat flap door opening/closing/specific cats’ entry etc. with an app on your phone, all mod cons here! So, under supervision the girls have been out enjoying the sunshine β˜€οΈ and chasing butterflies πŸ¦‹ today…

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Working from home… also has it’s perils!

Working from home… has it’s perks 😻

So we are into week 3 of lockdown. Everyone seems to adapting by finding innovative ways to entertain themselves and connect with friends and family through modern technology. In fact this Friday I have set-up a Virtual Work Coffee Zoom meeting with my work colleagues and this week’s theme is ‘Show & Tell your pets!’
As you can see, Simon and I are working on the dinning room table, Simon at one end, and me at the other…oh and 2 Chartreux in the middle!… to be honest they are quite therapeutic!…every now and then I reach over a stroke them and off they start purring. Puts a smile on my face everytime 😊 … stay safe everyone x

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