Kitten Extremely Stubborn About Dry Nursing

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!

By Noye

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

This usually happens when a kitten has been taken from its mother too soon. I encourage you to allow the kitten to "substitute suckle" as it will provide some of the comfort he would have received from his mother.

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

The kitten may never want to stop doing the "dry nursing." I have multiple cats. One, aged 4 years still wants to suck on my ear every time I start to show any affection. Cats always want things to be on their terms. They may very well take discipline as rejection; of course it varies with each individual or circumstance. Be careful, with every good wish.

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September 10, 20110 found this helpful

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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July 5, 20160 found this helpful

I got my kitten at 10 weeks, now had him 2 weeks and he's just started doing this 2 days ago. He was not taken too soon

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