Kneading helps cats mark their territory through scent glands in their paws.
Kneading helps cats relax and may be a self-soothing behavior.
Kneading is often a sign of affection, as cats associate it with positive experiences.
Cats knead before settling down, possibly recreating a comfortable nesting spot from their wild ancestors.
Kneading may help cats relieve stress and anxiety.
Cats use kneading to communicate with humans and other animals.
Kneading provides exercise for a cat's paws, promoting good paw health.