what do you call it...

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When your cat kneads you with his her paws(and claws) when purring and happy?

For many generations of cat lovers in our house (and cats) it has been known as 'dough dough-ing' because it's like they are kneading doug with their claws.

However when I said to a friend the other day that one of my cats left claw marks in my neck dough dough-ing on me, her ???? look made me realise that other people have different words!

So what do you call it?!?!

Making her bed. smile

issey6cats Sun 03-Mar-13 16:34:14

i call it paddling

cozietoesie Sun 03-Mar-13 17:05:55

'kneading' - except that Seniorboy doesn't do it.

Rikalaily Sun 03-Mar-13 17:07:56

We call it padding

'ponching' In this house, no idea why but that's what it has always been called, also sometimes called 'arrfgghh piss of you bastard cat!'

lljkk Sun 03-Mar-13 17:40:04

I call it kneading.

mrsnec Sun 03-Mar-13 17:47:28

'Making puddings' in our house!

In the middle of the night Sparkling Cat does this on DH's 'gentlemans area' shock grin

paddy pawing

eminemmerdale Sun 03-Mar-13 18:54:28

Padding here!

Iseeall Sun 03-Mar-13 18:57:32

Paddy pawing here

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 03-Mar-13 19:13:01

I call it milk treading.

Sparkling cats so cool. Your poor dh though. Acupuncture for testicles can't be nice!

She loves DH so much Fluffy. He doesn't appreciate it at all though. When she has woken him up in that way she is up on his chest wanting a fuss. If he is snoring she has been known to stick her nose in his mouth. grin

Darmont Sun 03-Mar-13 21:35:26

We call it marking

sashh Tue 05-Mar-13 04:49:34

Paddy Paddy here.

TheSilveryPussycat Wed 06-Mar-13 09:54:13

We used to call it 'playing the organ' - which in the light of the info above seems particularly appropriate for Sparkling Cat grin

cozietoesie Wed 06-Mar-13 11:29:09


We use 'marching' - seems a bit dull though, may have to adopt some of the terms on here instead.

ordinarygull Wed 06-Mar-13 16:32:52

we call it 'ucking' - no idea why though!
My latest two aren't really uckers, although previous cats have been...

RugBugs Wed 06-Mar-13 16:37:15

Needling, elf cat particularly likes to clamber up your chest with her boney paws then stick you with her needles.

Silvery I think we will have to change it to 'playing the organ' here. That's hilarious. grin

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 06-Mar-13 16:45:24

Does everyone else's dribble at the same time too?

One of mine dribbles.. profusely! I love her but it's a bit off putting to be kneaded and made soggy :D

teatrolley Wed 06-Mar-13 16:49:36

Padding. Or tenderising.

GranToAirMissiles Wed 06-Mar-13 17:16:46

I would call it treading or kneading. German has an 'official' word for it - Milchtritt (milk-step). The cat thinks you are its mother.

cozietoesie Wed 06-Mar-13 17:28:01

Then Sparklingcat has got a real psychological crisis, Gran !


GranToAirMissiles Wed 06-Mar-13 17:31:46

Yeah, trying to get blood milk out of a stone.

Ooh blimey. Sparkling Cat needs counselling I think. grin

iklboo Wed 06-Mar-13 18:06:35

Padding here.

VenusRising Thu 07-Mar-13 00:06:25

Let down patting. For the milk let down. Love that German word: Milk trot!

If you look at all feeding mammals they all pat the mothers boob to get the milk let down. Goats and sheep for eg butt the mother's udders, as do cows and horses.
All these little cats are thinking you are their mum, and milk is on the menu. Very cute.

Do you not clip the sharp points of their claws? We never have the needles, as we clip the points off. Much better for the milk trot shock smile

TataClaire Thu 07-Mar-13 04:50:35

milk treading and my cat dribbles and purrs away throughout!

gobbin Thu 07-Mar-13 13:55:29

Puddling here.

I'm stunned at all these different terms! I really thought that the whole English speaking world called it either 'padding', 'paddy pawing' or 'kneading'. Who would have thought there could be almost as many variations as there are people - or so it would seem. I'm loving 'the milk trot' though. I'm sure I'm going to be using that in future.

WhatKindofFool Thu 07-Mar-13 23:10:26

I've always just called it "clawing" cos it hurts.

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