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Fri Nov 16, 2018, 08:16 PM

a curious habit of a cat

I have three cats, all of them orange, one female, two males.

Because I'm a nice guy, and because they keep the place--way out here in the country, right next door to nature--free of vermin and other intruders, I let them pretty much get away with what they want to do.

For example, when I go to bed, all three of them hop into the sack too.

One of them, a male, has the maddening habit of sitting on my upper chest, cycling his front paws, claws extended, up-and-down, a routine on which he can spend as much as a quarter of an hour. This doesn't cause me any particular problems, other than that he does it only on the upper chest, and makes literally hundreds of microscopic pin-point pin-pricks, little tiny red dots, there.

It's not a big deal, but I wonder why it is.

I had another cat a very long time ago who used to do this, and someone explained to me why, but that was so long ago I don't recall.

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Currentsitguy Nov 2018 #6
Cold Warrior Nov 2018 #2
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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 08:30 PM

1. He's....

....comfortable and reverting back to nursing his mother. The 'kneading' - or as my grandmother called it, making biscuits - or pressing, stimulates milk flow.

I've had cats my entire life and most have done this.

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Response to Steelydamned (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:10 PM

3. Okay, thank you.

You jogged my lost memory, and this sounds like what I was told years ago.

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 11:50 PM

4. You're....

...Quite welcome. I've had dogs, cats, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, pigs and all manner of critters over the years.

Of late, just my cat, Stinky Pete

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 02:59 PM

6. We have a grey female who is quite obsessive with this

She prefers fuzzy blankets. She will literally do that for hours at a time while suckling on a corner.

All 5 of ours do it to one extent or another.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2018, 09:01 PM

2. He's probably digging out the skeletons you have buried within, Frank

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:52 AM

5. We have a Stuffed Toy Bear on the Bed

All the Cats (at one time or another) enjoy laying on him and kneading and napping
Guess it makes them feel like Kittens again

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 01:22 PM

7. My cat snuggles up under my arm to get warm at night

She HATES closed doors. Nothing upsets her more than to close a door when I enter a room. She discovered that the foyer closet door can be opened if she sticks her paw under it. For amusement, I close it whenever I find it open. It is guaranteed she will open it in as soon as she discovers it closed.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2018, 02:53 PM

8. He loves you..We call it making bread.

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