My Sphynx Kitten Nursing on Brother and People?

Before you say she was taken away from her mother too early she was with the mom until 12 weeks of age. It needs to stop or I'm giving her away since she's hurting her sibling!


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April 7, 20190 found this helpful

This is not unusual behavior. Give the cat some fabric to suckle on.

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April 7, 20190 found this helpful

She doesnt suck on fabric. Only skin. Even tried a pacifier

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April 7, 20190 found this helpful

Have you talked to the vet? This can be a sign of anxiety and there are treatments that work for that and are fairly inexpensive. The other thing you can do is just keep the cats separate. I know plenty of families with an upstairs cat and a downstairs cat. A simple gate or closed door can be the best way to break the behavior until the kitten is a little older and outgrows it.


Prayers for an easy solution and that she gets to stay. I am so sad when I hear of cats that may have to be given away because of a behavior...the shelters are so overcrowded and so many will die needlessly. That just breaks my heart.

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April 8, 20190 found this helpful

Im not sure if its anxiety related as she only does it sometimes when shes sleepy. She purrs while doing it and is either laying with me or her brother. She is however a little less outgoing and a little more skittish then her sibling so it could be and the purring is just throwing me off. As for giving her away I wouldnt surrender her to a shelter because the one in my area is run by a bunch on idiots and its a no kill shelter but still Id re-sell her if it came down to it to a single cat home so shed have no choice but to quit.


I think I may end up putting a cone on her for a couple weeks so she can eat and drink and sleep but nothing else with her mouth

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June 4, 20191 found this helpful

DON'T FORCE HER TO STOP! This is a natural self soothing behaviour that many kittens grow out of. You are cruel! Forcing her to stop like that. If she is genuinely hurting her sibling then separate them in evenings for now until she grows out of it. Please don't cone her that's so unfair.
Hope this was resolved fairly and respectfully for your kittens sake. She's still a baby!!

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July 11, 20190 found this helpful

Hi. I can suggest you give her a blanky made of very plush fleece. Mine love theirs which is basically a plush throw I got at Walmart. Oh & maybe add some catnip to it to attract her if needed. Just pls do not re-home her as she needs you the most as shes doing this for reassurance which means she is an anxious kitty so re-homing her would make it worst.


If you really feel you must separate them, then re-home the boy as he seems like he would adapt much better.

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