When your cat is snuggled up on a cozy blanket, you may observe that they begin to purr and knead the fabric. You inquire about this behavior, and someone tells you that your cat is “making muffins.” Another friend suggests that your cat is “making biscuits.” Yet another person claims that your cat is “milking” the blanket. So, what’s the explanation behind these baking-related terms used to describe your cat’s kneading of your beloved blanket? Why do cats engage in this behavior known as “making muffins”?
Cats make muffins, which is another way of saying kneading or making muffins, because they feel happy, cozy, and secure in your home and surroundings. Cats can make muffins on things like blankets, such as comforters or soft blankets, or even on your lap.
Cats aren’t very choosy when it comes to deciding where they want to knead. While a soft blanket is their top choice, your cat might even knead your jeans or, unfortunately, your bare legs if you’re wearing shorts. Let’s discuss further what it signifies when your cat kneads a blanket and why it occurs (sometimes unexpectedly).
What Do You Call It When A Cat Kneads
If you love cats, you likely already know that when a cat kneads, it goes by many names.
Your cat’s kneading can be called by different names, such as kneading, milking, making biscuits, or making muffins, depending on who you ask.
Certainly, there is no definitive term that is more correct than the other. The behavior your cat is displaying doesn’t have a specific name (at least not one that most cat enthusiasts are concerned with), so my suggestion to you is to refer to your cat’s kneading as whatever you find most adorable.
I prefer to refer to my cat’s kneading as milking, but lots of other people use the phrases making muffins or making biscuits. It’s just nice to think of a cat as a baker, right?
Why Is My Cat Making Muffins
Your cat is kneading because it feels secure, cozy, and content in your presence.
When you bring a cat into your home, you might see that she is stressed and not very happy. But as she gets used to her new surroundings and becomes more comfortable with you, you’ll see her start to loosen up. She might even start making muffins, which is also called kneading.
When your cat begins to knead, it’s a sign that they are becoming more comfortable in their new home and with you. This behavior indicates that they are happier and settling in. Although it may seem strange, especially if you’re a first-time cat owner, there’s no need to worry! It’s actually a positive thing!
What Does It Mean When Your Cat Is Making Biscuits
When your cat is kneading, it indicates that they’re content, just like when your cat is making muffins.
It may seem strange that cats have many different names for one behavior, but since there isn’t a specific term for it, cat owners decide to name it themselves or choose their favorite name.
Just keep in mind: if your cat likes to knead, whether they’re making muffins or biscuits, it means that they’re happy in your home and with you. A sad cat won’t do any baking, so it’s always a good thing that your cat has embraced this new job.
Why Has My Cat Suddenly Started Kneading
It may seem like a surprise that your cat has started making muffins, but the reason behind it is that they’re feeling happy.
If your cat has never made muffins on you or your blankets before, it might seem weird if they suddenly start kneading.
There can be many different reasons for this sudden change:
- Your cat has been positively impacted by a change in its surroundings.
- Your cat feels at ease in your presence.
- You bought a new blanket that your cat loves (like a fake fur or really soft blanket)
- Your cat may not have been very loving (some cats aren’t!), but there could be a reason for your cat’s behavior change.
- If your cat was sick or not feeling good, they might begin kneading blankets once they start feeling better.
If your cat starts kneading out of the blue, don’t worry, it’s usually a good sign!
Why Do Cats Knead Their Owners
If your cat is kneading you, it’s because they feel safe and reminded of nursing from their mom, or they’re marking their territory.
If your cat likes being with you, it kneads you because it feels safe. This makes it remember the happy times when it nursed from its mother as a kitten.
Alternatively, your cat may be kneading you to establish its territory by leaving its scent on you. For instance, one of my cats will hop onto my lap and knead my jeans while glaring at the other cat in the area. This is how my cat asserts its ownership.
Why Does My Cat Knead Me But Not My Husband
Your cat will knead the person they feel the happiest and most comfortable with; if you spend more time with your cat and take care of them, your cat will knead you and not your husband.
If your cat kneads you instead of your husband, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your cat has a negative opinion of your husband. The reason behind this behavior could be that you are the one who takes care of your cat’s needs, such as feeding, cleaning the litter box, and giving them attention. As a result, your cat feels more comfortable and connected to you, which increases the likelihood of them kneading you.
If you’re not there and your cat wants someone to knead, he might choose your husband. But most likely, your cat prefers you!
Why Does My Cat Knead The Blanket
Cats make muffins on blankets because they find them cozy and comfy.
If you’ve ever noticed your cat kneading a soft or warm blanket, it’s because the blanket reminds them of their mother and their time as a kitten. When cats are young, they nurse and cuddle with their mother, who provides them with a soft and warm stomach. Your throw blanket gives your cat a similar feeling.
When your cat is making muffins on the blanket, you might see that your cat is happy and maybe even drooling or sucking on the blanket. That’s easier to understand now. Even if it leaves wet spots on your favorite blanket…
Why Do Cats Knead And Bite Blankets
If you see your cat biting the blanket while kneading, it’s because it’s remembering nursing from its mom.
Even the oldest cats have nostalgic memories of their days as a cute little kitten. Surprisingly, even kittens who weren’t breastfed by their mom often naturally knead and nibble on a cozy blanket.
Your cat is nibbling on the blanket because, strangely enough, it’s searching for its mom’s nipple. Obviously, your cat won’t find a nipple hidden in your cozy blanket, but this action brings back memories and instincts from when it was a kitten.
When it comes to kneading, your cat’s instincts are triggered because it recalls its time as a nursing baby with its mother. Regardless of what you may call your cat’s kneading behavior, we can all agree that it’s one of the most charming aspects of your cat’s habits.