Why Do Cats “Make Bread” With Their Paws When They Are Happy and What Does the Behavior Mean?

The kneading motion with the forepaws is often done when the cat is in a pleased or expectant mood.

It probably imitates the kneading of a mammary gland by a nursing kitten, stimulating the release of milk from the mommy cat.

The behavior is also called milk-treading.

However, there are also scent glands on the feet of cats.

Scratching or kneading with front or back paws may also be involved in scent-marking, whether done on a favorite person or object.