Is the kitten doing this against your clothing or body? Is he doing this while you are scratching him?
It sounds like he is kneeding...this is a sign of happiness or contentment. A kitten will kneed his mom while he is nursing. My Frantic does this on my soft throw while he is purring in my lap. Or on my arm while he is falling asleep.
If this is what the kitten is doing, its not agressive.
the "paws on the face" thing is to merely get your attention!!!
I think it's cuz your face is where all the noises come from... all the sweet words ya say to kitty... and where your expressions are. So kitty knows this is how to get your attention when you're sound asleep & being so quiet. Paws on the face = WAKE UP.
I agree...I love when my boy, Lovey, does this though..
Its the only thing he does really absurdly gentle..
If I stop petting him, he looks up and just pats my face gently.
And then yesterday a.m, did it repeatedly just to wake me up.