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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-07-2010, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Our russian blue is about 2 years old. At night she comes into our bed and likes to cuddle, the right in your face nuzzled up to you cuddling. I think it's adorable, my husband not so much LOL

When she gets into bed at night she paws the blanket first, claws out. Ugh. She never does this if we nap with her during the day, or any other time at all. I even bought an extra blanket to cover the duvet so she won't ruin it. It is strictly only at bedtime she does this. Is there any way to teach her to not use her claws or to not do this?

We tried to research online and came up with a variety of answers such as she was taken from her mother early, or she is spreading scent....but I thought you guys may know. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-07-2010, 05:50 PM
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Is she 'kneading'?

My cat Amadeus also does this when he is getting ready to sleep. I am not sure if there is really much you can do about this, other then tell her no.





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Ignore the behaviour is the best way to have any chance of stopping it. Positive and negative response will only encourage her. Lock her out at night. Clip her nails.
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Yeah clip her nails for sure. Usually clipped nails don't do much damage to bedding (my cat does the same thing)
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Yea she is kneading, what do you guys think the reason for that is? it's strange to me that she only does it at bedtime and never during the day, even if we have a nap. I don't want to lock her out at night because I like when she comes to bed with us, she is a good cuddler LOL I have never clipped her nails and am a little apprehensive about doing that though it may be the onlt thing that saves my duvet.
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My cat will knead on anything she deems soft, and when she feels like she has the time to sit there and do it lol.

Clipping nails gets pretty easy with practice. Most vets will do it for you for 10-15 dollars, and are pretty good about teaching you how to do it yourself. They'd rather you not waste their time I think lol. But yeah you could take her in to a vet and they'll do it, and you'll get a good visual reference.
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Most cats knead when they are comfortable or happy. (:


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I read cats do it because it reminds them of the comfort they received during nursing, when they would knead at mom's teets to receive milk. And it's part of being a cat. Clipping nails is easy, generally if you just clip off at the base of where the nail gets pointy, you'll be perfectly fine. That's how I've always done it and never had a problem.
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To clip nails I like to do it when my cat, Amadeus, is napping. I take his paw in one hand and lightly squeeze it to expose his nails and then with a normal pair of human clippers I just take of the top bit, careful not to cut the quick.





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You're right, cats knead bc of the comfort of nursing and during so when they would knead on the teat more milk was produced. Illusion thinks I have a special blanket which he comes and kneads all the time then sleeps on.
Your cat must be coming to you and performing this at night because she understands its YOUR ritual. She doesnt see it as being bedtime only that if at this time she comes up while you are crawling into bed then she gets rewarded with pawing neurotically! Just ignore the behavior. When she gets up dont pet her, hide your hands and face until she goes away. Eventually she will get bored, then reward her with pets^^
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