Call it making bread, kneading, or pushing paws, but all kittens knead at one time or another. This rhythmic movement of the front paws, often including flexing of the toes and claws serves several purposes including: It signals your cat is comfortable, and is getting ready to settle down for a nap or long sleep. In a female cat nearing heat, it signals her ability and desire to mate. In that case, you may want to think about spaying your female, as female cats in heat can be especially challenging for the cat owner. It signals that your cat is ready to play and wants a little attention. Your cat learned this kneading behavior early on. The movement helps stimulate their mother's milk flow, meaning more food for hungry, growing kittens. Kneading is a natural movement for cats and nothing to worry about, even in a mature cat. If the kneading is uncomfortable, try gently closing your hand over your cat's paws to shield the claws. If you do this often enough, the cat will learn to knead more gently without so much claw action.