Why do cats stick there claws into my skin when I stroke them ?

Question by Siobhan: Why do cats stick there claws into my skin when I stroke them ?
When I stroke my cats & they’re lying on my lap they’ve both got to put there claws into my legs, they’re obviously enjoying being stroked but it hurts with the claws.

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Answer by Clark S
The easiest solution to that is to have a small pad handy and lay it on your legs. The reaction to attention that you’re talking about is an involuntary one. That is common to all cats.

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    Peter Wright May 21, 2013 at 3:46 am

    my kitten sticks her claws in too, it hurts but it is because they enjoying it,

    if it gets too much for you, put a blanket or a cushion over your knee.

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    biddy May 21, 2013 at 4:11 am

    hi…
    this is a throw back from when cats were kittens…watch a kitten feeding and you will see the same ‘padding’ action. kittens do this to stimulate the flow of milk, adult cats do this for comfort…
    the stroking mimics mum washing them and it takes them back to kitten-hood so they ‘pad’…
    hope this helps 🙂 xx

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