Issue 20: February 10
Dear Fancy,

That kneading motion that my cat Furby does when she’s super-relaxed and I’m petting her – it’s such a unique and fascinating behavior. So I “knead” to know why cats do this.

John in British Columbia

Dear John,

Kneading is “roughly” feline-speak for “Mommy, I love you.” (If you’re a human with whom your cat has a warm, trusting relationship, when your cat is kneading you, you’re “Mommy” whether you’re male or female.) This article explains kneading in more detail, and also has some tips so you can enjoy these bonding moments without being ever-so-tenderly shredded by your affectionate kitty’s extended claws.



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