Ask Dr. Richards

August 2006 Issue

Ask Dr. Richards: 08/06

Why does my cat pump her paws whenever she’s near me? I keep her nails trimmed and she has never scratched or torn any of my furniture, but she pumps away. I finally have to hold her paws so I can get some rest.

You should feel honored; your kitty is simply finding pleasure in your company. Actually, this kneading behavior you describe is believed to be a carryover from kittenhood. If you’ve had the opportunity…

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