How do you stop a cat from kneading?

United States
@cassidy22 (2975)
January 30, 2007 11:41am CST
OK, I know why he does it, he was weaned WAY too early. My husband found him when he was only 4-5 weeks old. He's generally a great cat, and keep the mice under control on our property. But he's 11 now, and he still kneads. He also has all his claws. The problem is, he sleeps with us and kneads in the middle of the night. Not only is he shredding our comforter, but the scratching noise wakes me up. We chuck him off the bed, sometimes I flick his paws, or usually we just try to snuggle him down until he settles in and starts to sleep. But really, is there anything I can do to get him to stop kneading? In the summer, he does it to us on our bare arms and THAT is not a pleasant way to get woken up!