If you have a cat living at home, you probably noticed how she marks time with her paws. But why do cats do it?
It turns out that there are several theories:
- When kittens feed on their mother’s milk, they stimulate milk production by pawing the mother cat’s tummy with their paws. By pawing their paws in adulthood, cats return to childhood, feeling calm and safe.
- trampling a place or a person with their paws, cats mark their possessions. Cats have sweat glands on their paw pads that only other cats can smell.
- when cats were not yet domesticated, they had to build a comfortable place to sleep by trampling grass and other plants. Cats stomp around to get comfortable.
- pawing is one of the ways to express your love and affection for the owner. If we assume that in this way cats relax and return to childhood, then it turns out that the owner is an analogue of their mother for them.