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Kitten Trying to Nurse on Person?

I have an 8 week old kitten who was born here. She is the sweetest thing, but she has started nursing on me. She doesn't now on some blankets and clothing, but she will try to get under my shirt and nurse my stomach. She has never done that before and won't nurse on mom. Ever since the 3 kittens were born I have had to step in because the mother cat had complications during birth and wanted very little to do with the kittens.

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This sometimes happens to mother cats when there is a difficult birth, and the mother cat leaves the kittens too soon. So the kittens tend to respond to you. They see you as the mom. This is very common. If you want to help, be sure to check with a Vet, for care of this fur family to make sure the needs are met. - www.thesprucepets.com/cat-wont-feed-newborn-kittens-554851

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I have seen this happen with animals when the mother can't take care of the babies and you need to help out. I had to help out with the 3 puppies I had here and 2 of them are almost 3 years old and still are so attached to me and won't leave my side. The best thing you can do right now for the cat is to scold her or take her away from your stomach and discourage her from this act.

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I would try and find some small cat toys you can get her interested in and when she starts to do this give her one of the toys to play with. She should stop this soon and normally by the time they are 10 to 12 weeks old this should stop all together.

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September 9, 20210 found this helpful

It is illegal to separate Kittens from their mothers before the age of 12 weeks in Sweden and some other European countries. Even when separated at 12 weeks many kittens develop this behavior, and it could continue up to a year or sometimes further. Please do not try to stop the kitten. This is a comforting act for the kitten.

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