My female cat is about 6-7 years old. Initially, she wasn't the most affectionate cat on the block, but with time (and especially after I've been gone for a few days), she becomes most affectionate for a few days and then reverts to her normal independent self: She'll come for petting and will lie on me when she is ready, i.e., not always at my bidding. OK, now to the point. When she is ready for petting, usually when I'm watching TV, she'll lie on top of me and start kneading my right shoulder (purring and drooling), ALWAYS the right shoulder! She has been doing this for about the last 3 years and what is most interesting is that of all my aches and pains, it is my right shoulder that bothers me the most.

I'm telling you, I look forward to the daily massages she has been giving. Has anyone else experienced their cat's attempts at therapeutic touch? By the way, as best as I can tell, I have given her no clues or rewards for this rather specific behavior. Adam

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My cat Mickey does the same thing, only he does it to my husband's beard to where it actually looks like he's nursing on it. He's been doing it since he was a baby and he's 4 years old now. They do have a special bond.

I wouldn't mind what your cat is doing. Sounds like a nice massage Emotion: smile

Lauren

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My cat Mickey does the same thing, only he does it to my husband's beard to where it actually looks ... a nice massage :) Lauren See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm

I don't mind at all. I'm just trying to figure out how she knows that what she is doing is to my sore shoulder.

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My female cat is about 6-7 years old. Initially, she wasn't themost affectionate cat on the block, but with time ... petting,usually when I'm watching TV, she'll lie on top of me and start kneading my right shoulder (purring and drooling)

Congratulations, you're a Mama! And your cat loves you. Way to go, Adam. Emotion: smile
My female cat is about 6-7 years old. Initially, she wasn't the most affectionate cat on the block, but with ... as best as I can tell, I have given her no clues or rewards for this rather specific behavior. Adam

Otto gives me a massage every night. He waits until I'm in bed, and usually waits until I turn off the lamp by my bed. He doesn't knead one specific spot although he stays by the left side & stomach. He purrs like a maniac the whole time. When he's done, he lays down on me. If he can reach my left arm, he'll sort of knead with one paw for awhile. Eventually I'll become uncomfortable on my back and will have to move to my side, and he'll usually curl up near my head, or decide to check out the living room. But he comes back in the morning.
Liz
massages she has been giving. Has anyone else experienced their cat's attempts at therapeutic touch? By the way, as best as I can tell, I have given her no clues or rewards for this rather specific behavior. Adam

I had one occurance a few years ago. My left shoulder was hurting really badly. I can't remember what I did to it, but I had strained something. I was sitting up in bed watching tv. Kira came over and settled in on my shoulder and arm. She has never done this before or after.
She stayed that way for over 2 hours, and it never hurt after that. She never massaged it, she just heated it up for an extended time. I have no idea how she could have known, but it did seem like an odd thing for her to do. Maynard will sit there frequently for snuggles, but never Kira. So, that was pretty memorable for me.
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Maynard will sit there frequently for snuggles, but never Kira. So, that was pretty memorable for me.

I just want to say how utterly cute and funny this name is for a cat. )
Maynard will sit there frequently for snuggles, but never Kira. So, that was pretty memorable for me.

I just want to say how utterly cute and funny this name is for a cat. Emotion: smile

Which one?
Maynard is named for his love of food - "Good stuff, Maynard!"

Kira is named for a Star Trek character. Her nickname is Miss Attitude.
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Which one? Maynard is named for his love of food - "Good stuff, Maynard!"

Ahh! It was Maynard. Way cute. Emotion: smile
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