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Cat Kneading: Why Do Cats Do It and What Do People Call It?

Cat kneading is called different things for fun.

People have many fun terms to describe cat kneading behavior. Learn some reasons why cats might knead and what people call it.

Cat Scratching Post
Purrfect Post Deluxe Product Name:

Purrfect Post Deluxe


This is the deluxe Purrfect Post with sisal material on the base as well as the post. This solid, double thick, heavy base ensures extra stability. It is the only post made with a double-thick base, standing 31.5 inches tall, allowing your cat to fully stretch while scratching! The Purrfect Post Deluxe allows for easy storage and transport.

Tips and Facts

Height is important to cats. Even a moderately high-up surface such as a counter gives cats some feeling of safety and lets them survey their territory.

Watch this showcase of the Purrfect Post products...

Softpaws come in a lot of exciting colors and color combinations.

What are Soft Paws?

Soft Paws are nail caps that slide on over your cat's claws to help protect against problem scratching. The caps blunt the claws so no damage occurs when your cat scratches, allowing your cat to do what comes naturally—scratching—without damaging your belongings.

This humane alternative to declawing allows your cat to scratch freely, while you get to keep your furniture—and your sanity—intact.

The caps come in a variety of fun colors as well as clear for the more discreet feline.

Soft Paws Key Points:
  • They are safe and non-toxic.
  • Most cats don't even know they are wearing them.
  • They really work!
Watch this video of Dr Schelling
applying Soft Paws to Charlie, one of her cats.

Did you ever want to know more about cats? The Cat Health Mewsletter was created by veterinarian Dr. Christianne Schelling to help cat lovers learn more about the health, care and behavior of their feline companions.

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