Why does my cat push her paws in my skin when I carry her?

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Dr. Debra – Why does she push my skin with her paws over and over when I carry her?

Desiree Guerrero


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking why your cat pushing her paws in and out of your skin when you carry her. Some cats will do this with your belly, blankets, other cats, etc. I think it is a happy comforting action – probably similar to kids that “suck their thumbs”. The behavior mimics their happy days when they were nursing their mothers.

An article that might be interesting to you is Why Do Cats Knead So Much?

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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