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Sylvia T.
November 23rd 08, 03:23 PM
Why do cats paw or pound the ground with their front paws, is it to
make the area more comfortable?
Sylvia T

November 24th 08, 07:09 PM
On Nov 23, 10:23*am, "Sylvia T." > wrote:
> Why do cats paw or pound the ground with their front paws, is it to
> make the area more comfortable?
> Sylvia T

That is displaced behavior from kittenhoood - the kittens knead the
teats to help the milk flow. Adult cats will do the same thing
sometimes before settling into sleep.

If they are digging vs. kneading - youare right on with your guess: it
is also displaced behavior from the wild state, cats like to clear out
their sleeping site as well as make a shallow depression for comfort.
Longtime backwoods campers call this a "hip hole" when they prepare
their own site. Same idea with the cats.

Peter Wieck
Melrose Park, PA