You Make The Diagnosis: Name This Naughty Cat Behavior

This blog post is for adults only as it contains mature cat images.  Pictured in the video is a 10 year old male/neutered cat.  When one of the humans in this cat’s family lies down, the cat will jump on top of them and start to knead with all four paws.  At first, he placed his front feet on the bed and kept his back legs on the human’s abdomen.  Now, he straddles a leg and sometimes holds the blanket in his teeth.  Watch the video and name this common behavior.

Diagnosis: Feline Masturbation

In my experience, cats have a strong sex drive. Even after males are neutered, it is common for them to masturbate on soft items. Stuffed toys, fluffy cat beds and comforters are favorites. The cat in the video prefers fake fur. Spayed females also enjoy this guilty pleasure. So the next time your cat jumps on you in bed and starts kneading, you will know what they are really doing. Isn’t it great to know you’ve still got it!

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.