This post was updated December 28th, 2023
If you stumbled upon this blog, you’ve probably experienced the delightful sensation of a kitten kneading on your lap. But have you ever wondered why they do it? This post is all about answering the question, why does my kitten make biscuits?
Why Does My Kitten Make Biscuits?
The adorable behavior of a kitten kneading and smooshing his paws into your belly or leg, is called “making biscuits,” and it turns out there’s a heartwarming reason behind it.
When my kitty cat Finnegan was a baby kitten, he was always making biscuits on me, his blankets, and his cat sister Abigail.
At almost 14 years of age, he still constantly doing the biscuit making 😉
WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN A KITTEN MAKES BISCUITS?
When kittens are nursing, they instinctively knead their mother’s belly with their paws. This action stimulates milk flow and helps them get the nourishment they need to grow. But even after they’re weaned, kittens continue to make biscuits when they feel happy or content.
Is there anything cuter than a kitten suckling a blanket and making little biscuits in the air?
WHY DOES A KITTEN KNEAD ME SO MUCH?
If your cat makes biscuits on you, it’s a sign that they feel safe and loved in your presence. To them, you’re like a surrogate mother figure, providing comfort and security. The rhythmic motion of kneading can also be soothing for cats, similar to how humans might use a stress ball to calm down.
So the next time you feel those tiny paws kneading on your lap, take it as a compliment. Your cat loves and trusts you, and is expressing their affection in the sweetest way they know how.
Kittens make biscuits as a way to show affection and feel safe and comfortable. It’s a beautiful reminder of the special bond we share with our feline friends. So embrace those kneading paws and enjoy the love and warmth they bring to your life.
Why Does My Kitten Bite?
One minute you are asking, why does my kitten make biscuits and the next you are wondering why the cutie pie is now gently biting my arm?
There are a couple reasons actually. And it is not really out of affection.
Kittens are adorable creatures, but they can also be quite feisty at times. One common behavior that many kitten owners experience is biting.
Reasons for Kitten Biting
One reason kittens bite is because they are natural hunters and want to practice their sneak-up assault on moving prey. They are biting for practice on their upcoming pounce and take-down.
Conquering all things with mobility is your felines natural instinct and starts when it is just a baby kitten! Your kitten is on a mission to stop anything that squirms, slides, jumps, flies or crawls.
RELATED: Tips For Discouraging Kitten Biting
Teaching kittens at a young age how to play with toys not body parts is super important!
Another reason you might get a gentle teeth nudge is a warning sign that your cat is done with all that affection now.
The so-called “cat love bites,” which happen suddenly when you’re petting your cat can turn into a full on bite if you do not learn his signals.
This behavior doesn’t typically draw blood but can leave you wondering what caused the change in your cat’s behavior.
To prevent biting, it’s essential to provide your kitten with appropriate toys and playtime. Avoid using your fingers or feet as playthings.
If your kitten bites you during playtime, stop the game and redirect them to a toy. For “cat love bites,” try to read your cat’s body language and stop petting before they become too excited.
You can also provide your cat with a scratching post or a designated area to play to redirect their energy.
Kitten biting is a natural behavior, but it can be prevented with proper training and redirection. By understanding the reasons behind this behavior, you can create a safe and happy environment for your furry friend. Remember to always be patient and kind to your kitten, and they will grow up to be a well-behaved cat.
Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC. She has a tuxedo adult cat and has had him since he was a baby kitten. Before her cat Finnegan, Lisa had had two FIV-positive cats for over a decade. They inspired Lisa to invent a cat enclosure and a portable catio so they could safely sit outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Lisa had a Poodle and a parakeet growing up. She currently loves to pet-sit for her neighbors’ dogs and cats.
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