Why Your Cat Is Always Kneading

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Your cat kneads you because she requires you. Her cute though sometimes painful behavior is an action that demonstrates love and trust.

As explained in the SciShow video posted above, kneading is a behavior only domesticated cats have taken with them into adulthood. When cats are kittens, they knead their mothers’ bellies to stimulate the production of milk. House-trained animals retain some of their more social and “baby-like” behaviors, including kneading, because they receive positive reinforcement over generations.

Basically, cats are free to be their child-like egoes because we is demonstrating love — not real-life hazard or threat — when they act immaturely. Knead on, little kitties. You’ll always be our babies.

Below you can watch a real cat kneading the belly of HuffPost reporter Andy Campbell. Campbell is not angry with the cat, but with a friend.

A video posted by Andy Campbell (@ huffandy ) on Jun 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm PDT

H/ T Mental Floss

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