Kitten is Nursing on Me

The orphaned kitty I got about 3 weeks ago loves to suck on me. It doesn't matter if it is my elbow or knee. I am hoping to take care of this matter now so that he doesn't continue it into adulthood. I need all the help I can get because it is hard to give him any lovin' when he is doing this.

By jmnks from New Port Richey, FL

June 26, 20090 found this helpful

This is common. One of my cats used to do the same thing when he was a kitten, but he would suck on my t-shirt, especially at night after going to bed. I designated a special t-shirt for him, which I kept in the bed. Eventually he started going directly to his t-shirt, and then outgrew the habit altogether.

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June 26, 20090 found this helpful

It was weaned too early probably and needs reassurance of love and comfort. I would give it a material with lace on it and it will probably start sucking on that. If you try to discourage it, the kitten will be really nervous and may pick up an even worse habit, get nervous or be miserable. Just love the fact that the kitten is so loving and needs love back. Such sweet little ones. I have a group of foster kittens, they are all about to be vetted and I am not rehoming them until they are over 11 weeks old.

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June 26, 20090 found this helpful

He thinks you are his Mama! He will grow out of it eventually.

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June 27, 20090 found this helpful

Same as other posts :-) Weened too early and will grow out of it :-) Don't force him to stop because it will affect his personality and trust.

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June 27, 20090 found this helpful

Yep, the little guy needs a "kitty pacifier." Anything to redirect him from sucking on you!

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June 28, 20090 found this helpful

I've had 2 kittens that did this (mine & my moms). Enjoy this while you can because they stop when they get a bit older. It's so sweet. If you don't like it you can always buy a kitten bottle from a pet store & put water in it or stop up the nipple with a piece of cotton (it's kitty pacifier). This will give the little sweetie something to suck on. Sucking soothes them, be they human babies or kittens. That's why we give babies pacifiers. Simply enjoy. It won't last forever!

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June 29, 20090 found this helpful

Like a lot of other people wrote, I have had this happen too. They outgrow it when their need to nurse fades away. It will make them closer to you even when they're grown up. The more a kitten is handled from day one the more friendly they are as adults.

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September 12, 20160 found this helpful

My kitten is almost 7 months and still nursing on me.

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July 23, 20090 found this helpful

A friend of mine's cat had 8 kittens 9 weeks ago. I helped and watched a couple of them being born. I took two home that were done weaning or would nurse very seldem at 5 weeks. I went to WalMart and they have kitten formula called First Born. I bought a box of that and when I brought them home I would give them a little twice a day and slowly wean them off of that milk. They always had water and dry food out. Now at 9 weeks one still tries to nurse when she's tired but on my neck and diggs into my hair. The other one has never done it.

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October 11, 20160 found this helpful

It's true that they eventually grow out of it. Enjoy while you can. I had a kitten, that would suckle on my ex boyfriend`s earlobe. It was the most adorable sight, and so was my kitty.

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January 14, 20160 found this helpful

I love it . my 6m old baby does it and then goes to sleep. I feel he just loves me so much. I see when I'm not in bed he does it to himself. To me it is priceless.

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February 11, 20160 found this helpful

Joanne. I think young cats that have not had a normal kitten hood use faux nursing. I adopted an injured street cat who can handle himself. I think when he nurses on my arm he sort of spaces outbut this allows. him to totally relax for a short time, like in a Zen state.

I have only had him for 8 mos so we are learning from each other. When he does suckle, purring the whole time, he also uses his front paws t kneed your arm, which can be painful at times. From the look in his eyes when he approaches to

Suckle, he needs this bonding.

My name is Mark and Tucker is my first pet besides my duck.

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