There is no logical explanation for why this is such a pleasant, satisfying thing…but it is.
Sometimes when Biddy is napping on the desk next to me, he’ll flex his little paws and I’ll stick my finger in the middle of the webbing, which he then holds onto while he sleeps. This is the best.
I think it might be so great because Biddy will NOT allow his paws to be touched when he’s awake.
The closest comparison to this is holding my niece’s hand when she crosses the street or wants to show me something. It’s a gesture that says, “I trust you, I need you.”
Of course, Biddy is saying no such thing when he’s sleeping. It’s more like a tiny baby reflexively clasping your finger when you place it in their fist. But I’m okay with that–it’s still great, intended or not.
Do your pets let you hold their paws?