Did you ever wonder… why do cats knead you like a lump of bread dough? No, it’s nothing to do with your flabbiness… puss isn’t a confused little baker. Here’s the scoop:
Some folks have trouble with this behavior. Those claws can be sharp on your leg. But we strongly recommend against declawing. A scratching post is a much better option, and you can always clip the cat’s claws, if you are careful.
If your cat is curled up and kneading your lap while you’re petting him, he’s returning the affection and telling you he loves you right back. Unfortunately, this can be quite painful, since the happier he is, the harder he’ll dig in with his sharp nails. Try placing a thick, soft barrier between the cat and your lap, or gently place him on his back and pet his belly if it gets too intense. However, do not punish your cat for this behavior – he doesn’t realize it hurts. To better ensure the comfort of both you and your cat, make a habit of keeping his nails trimmed, or invest in nail guards to cover your cat’s nails.
How do you cope with your kitty’s “kneads”? Got any “kneady” cat stories of your own? Share them in the comments, below!
In early 2015, Assembly member Linda Rosenthal introduced bill A. 1297, legislation to ban the declawing of cats in New York State. Now it appears the bill is stalled, and no vote has been scheduled. The bill’s Senate equivalent seems similarly on hold.
In most European countries, declawing is illegal or unethical. In Israel, declawing a cat can be punished by a year in prison and a $20,000 fine. Now, American legislators are working for similar laws here in the states.
American veterinarians recently agreed to classify declawing as an “amputation” which “should be considered only after attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively, or when its clawing presents an above normal health risk for its owner(s),” according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The Humane Society of the US, PETA, and the ASPCA are also vigorously opposed to declawing. They believe the surgery can negatively impact a cat’s ability to walk, and can contribute to paw inflammation and pain. Declawing opponents suggest providing domestic cats with scratching posts, trimming cats’ claws, or using plastic nail caps to prevent furnishings from being damaged.