Why does my kitten suck on me?
By Kayla from Canada, On
By OliveOyl 09/21/2010
This is typical kitten behavior. Maybe he was taken from his mother too soon. Scroll down to other answers in Archives.
By Pamela Rochelle Woodworth  09/22/2010
I think kitty was weaned and taken from mama way to early. I don't know answer but, maybe there are temporary substitutes to get through the weeks he missed and then maybe another kitty friend may be a good thing.
By amber 10/09/2010
Hey, it's ok! if your kitten is young, it will think your it's mom, therefor, it will suck on you.
By takai911 09/17/2013
My kitten sucks on me, then he turns and starts biting and holding with his claws. Don't care if he sucks, but then he become aggressive.
By gilkeysarah 06/14/2014
My kitten is about 6-8 weeks old. I rescued him from someone in Texas. I am having a problem with him wanting to suck on fleece materials. I have looked up online that there are kitten pacifiers. Has anyone tried these? Do they work?
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How do I stop my cat sucking my ear?
By Bianca P
By Arthur 09/09/2011
I have multiple cats. One who was a rescue as a tiny kitten is now aged 4 years. He cleaved to me from the beginning. He began sucking on my ear lobe back then and still does it. I'm not a disciplinarian. He only sucks on my ear for a couple of minutes as he drifts off to sleep in my arms. I'm not bitten or harmed. I am not ashamed or sorry, either.
I have a kitten about ten weeks old who is guaranteed to dry nurse me whenever I pick him up. I have tried telling him off firmly and blowing in his face. Even when I put something over my lap, he roots around until he finds an exposed part of my top (if not, he resorts to my bottoms). He will bite my arms if I put them there to block him and sits at my feet shouting if I put him down.
I want him to feel loved, but this is really bothering me. Please help!
Some cats will do that for their entire life. The main reason they do that is because they were taken away from their mama too soon so instead of trying to get your fur baby to stop doing it just accept it as a gift that he/she considers you to be it's mama and you give him/her comfort. :-)
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My kitten won't stop sucking on me and I don't know if I should let him or stop it. He has not been to the vet yet, but I'm trying to find solutions now before I go. Help!
Susan from ThriftyFun (06/08/2005)
He is now 15lbs and 9 months old and he is still kneading and suckling. My vet told me that I am "mommy" and this is why he does it. He was probably (most definitely) taken from his mom too early. Kittens knead their mothers while suckling milk, it helps release the milk. Take it as a compliment, he loves you very much and is content with you. You are mommy.
My vet also informed me that this behavior is never to be punished. It does hurt, I know. Sometimes I feel like his claw is going to get stuck in my head, lol. It can be very annoying, especially right before bed and early in the morning. My cat does it at all hours of the day if I am in bed! But, I continue to let him do it and he purrs and purrs. Hope this helps. (04/05/2006)
Ozzy no longer sucks on me, since I gently but firmly pushed him away and said no in a firm voice. The kids did the same and now he doesn't do it any more to us. It took awhile, but it worked, and it didn't hurt him at all. Pain is never the answer with animals, any more than it is with children, and those who use it against them are cruel and should be punished! (08/10/2007)
Kittens only "grow out of it" in cases where the cat was old enough to leave its mother's milk. Kittens taken from mothers young will be usually be addicted for life so one must gradually cut down. Photo: Chequie ill and dying from suckling clothes. (06/30/2008)