11 Week Old Kitten Is Nursing on People?

I have an 11 week old kitten and he is suckling. When he does it, it is mostly when he is tired. During the day he doesn't do it as much, but at night he keeps on. I have to cover my shirt with my blanket and that's the only way for getting him to stop. Any ideas on how to get him to stop? When I got him I was told he was 6 weeks old. But I found out when he was born and he was like 5 weeks old. I need help; it is annoying to me.


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May 24, 20190 found this helpful

You can spray your shirt with vinegar to discourage the suckling. It will stop soon on its own.

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May 26, 20190 found this helpful

I have year-old kittens who were feral or abandoned when they were just a couple of days old. (Starr won a contest here a few months ago.) She still likes to knead and suckle a shawl I keep on the couch next to me. I wash it every few days, of course. Poor baby never had a mama kitty to nurse.


I got a kitten bottle and some kitten milk powder off Amazon. I held her and let her nurse the bottle. If you don't want to do that, is there an old shirt you can let him have to suck on?

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May 27, 20190 found this helpful

This is a common and harmless behavior. Most kittens get over it. People I know who have dealt with it usually get a couple blankets (small ones) so kitty has his own and a spare. They need to be washed on a regular basis. Lots of affection and playing will help him move on and feel more secure.

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