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Old 09-10-2007, 09:36 PM
 
Location: NW PA
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We got a kitten at 6 weeks from the human society. From the start she would nuzzle around our neck, soon she would start sucking on the skin. We tried to correct this behavoir by telling her no and removing her. She still continues at 16 weeks. She sucks to the point of drool dripping off her chin. We have tried misting her face with water, but she stops and soon is back at it. She finds a finger, arm any bare skin. It is disgusting!

Could she be deficient in a nutrient? How can we get her to stop?
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:22 PM
 
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I haven't seen a kitten do that to the extent of yours, but have seen that to some degree. My personal guess is this kitten was removed or abandoned very young, long before weaning age. The kitten still has a strong urge to suck that never got fufilled as a young kitten.
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Old 09-11-2007, 01:54 AM
 
Location: University Place, WA
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I haven't seen a kitten do that to the extent of yours, but have seen that to some degree. My personal guess is this kitten was removed or abandoned very young, long before weaning age. The kitten still has a strong urge to suck that never got fufilled as a young kitten.
I agree. I had a Siamese cat, years ago, that liked to suck on my satin comforter. He was also 6 weeks old when I got him.
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Old 09-11-2007, 02:02 AM
 
Location: University Place, WA
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We got a kitten at 6 weeks from the human society. From the start she would nuzzle around our neck, soon she would start sucking on the skin. We tried to correct this behavoir by telling her no and removing her. She still continues at 16 weeks. She sucks to the point of drool dripping off her chin. We have tried misting her face with water, but she stops and soon is back at it. She finds a finger, arm any bare skin. It is disgusting!

Could she be deficient in a nutrient? How can we get her to stop?
I wonder if you got a baby bottle and put special milk made for cats in it and let your kitten "nurse" for a few weeks if that would satisfy her need to nurse. The special milk should be warm. Hopefully she wouldn't chew the end of the nipple off.
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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Poor kitty. She was probably abandoned by her mother, or otherwise weaned before she was ready.

We don't know how old our cats, now almost 2, were before they were dumped in the parking lot behind our house, but they must have been very young. The female sucks her toes and kneads whatever's handy -- the floor, her brother, my leg ...

Have you asked your vet? Maybe a toy she could cuddle with would help.
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Old 09-13-2007, 05:25 PM
 
Location: In the real world!
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I guess I am the odd one of the bunch but I would love to have a kitty that does that? I think it is so sweet and shows the kitten loves you. My vet had a big beautiful orange male that would let anyone hold it, if you picked him up, you left with a wet shirt where he would suck on it.. I LOVED that cat and couldn't wait to hold him.

Have you tried offering your baby a stuffed animal to suck? Watch this You Tube video of this kitten.. I LOVE this!!


YouTube - Edwidge Dandicat and the Snuggle Bear
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:01 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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It's not disgusting. The cat was taken from it's mother too young and is nursing on you. Push the kitty away immediately and say "no".

My boy cat nursed on his mother all his life. He loved to nurse, but at 12 years old, it drove his mother crazy. She would get made and hiss at him.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:12 PM
 
Location: NE Ohio
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We brought home two brother kittens a few years ago, and the orange one immediately found my neck and began to suck. I'd never had a pet that did it, and I was a little taken aback. But it didn't take long for me to understand, as I was adopted as an infant and was never breastfed. I sucked on my fingers until I was 8. So, I let the little guy do it for almost a year, knowing it was a comfort to him. He still tries for my neck from time to time, but is content to bump up against my lowered chin, and drool with sloppy contentment onto my shirt. BTW, it was a little difficult explaining the "kitty hickeys" to people, but I got used to the shocked expressions.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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I met a woman on another forum that had a full grown cat that sucked on a pacifier all day. She posted pictures of the cat. It looked peculiar, but somehoe cute and endearing.
It must be that some cats just like doing this. If it's very annoying, try a pacifier
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:57 PM
 
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Think what the cats mom would do when it wanted them to stop. A couple of strong hissss and a slap alongside the head - a couple of times and they stop. My cat tried this a couple of times when he adopted us - after the first scolding he would not come around me for a few days now he loves his lap time and for short periods he sleeps on my chest and just purrrs away. He was so afraid of things because of whatever made him run away in the first place that if he was on my lap and I picked up a book or paper etc he was gone under the bed. Now he uses the book to scratch his chin! - We are back on his bad list now as we brought him to the vet for shots when we got home opened up the carrier he mad a dash for the bed and has not come out yet not even to eat. My cows were the same way they would nurse until nearly time when thier next baby's were due then the mom would push them away and if a gentle push didn't work then she found a way to get her point across. Animals know the difference between discipline and abuse just like children used to when discipline was not a four letter word.
Nearly every where I have lived animals seem to drop by for awhile this cat and also my dog. She was abused and it took about six months for her to get normal or near normal. She can not be talked loudly to and had to be trained other ways. But it was so easy just using hand signals , treats and lots of love!!- When we lived in another state (Calif) more than once cats would drop by for some food then go on their way. Once I had a pregnant Doberman stop by - stayed for the night then went on her way the next day.
well enough - bye
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