I am fostering a three month old kitten. She is a sweet heart and all, but all she seems to want to do is suck of my neck. I can never go anywhere without her and I guess I am considered her new mommy, and that i don't mind, i was wondering if i could just get it to stop the sucking. I've tried giving it something else to suck as some websites sugest, but it never works. My very main concern is tramatizing it. I don't know how long it's been seperated from it's mothers or sisters, I don't even think they found her with her family. Bottle feeding, maybe? Thanks for the time!!!
Does the kitten eat or drink on its own? If not, it may have still been nursing and needs to be bottle fed. But if it does it on its own, it is just her way of comforting herself. And you are definitely her new mom! One of my cats still kneeds into me and does a sucking motion...but has become much less. Good luck with your kitty!
It's common behavior. If you don't mind it, I'd let kitty partake. After about three months I may say "enough!" though and gently try to encourage stopping. I've noticed cats that suckle up to even six months off their mothers. It seems strange to me, but they seem to turn out to be very affectionate animals, so I tend not to dissuade the behavior.
It does make for a somewhat emotional demanding cat, though...which sounds nice in theory, but can be very taxing if you have a busy life!
My kitten use to do this too -- it actually started to hurt and I would get little kitten hickies. I just redirected he to the nook of my arm -- I'd rest him on my forearm and he would suck my upperarm (opposite side of elbow.)
He did it less and less as he got older -- only if he got upset about something. I think it gave him comfort. Anyway, he is six now -- hasn't done it in 4 years -- they definitely outgrow it.
It's totally normal behavior for a kitty or even a full grown cat. Our cat "moms" on blankets and the back of my hand, suckling behavior that's lasted 3 years. He was abandoned by his birth mom at 72 hours, but that really doesn't have all that much to do with it, I"m told, Enjoy it.... :>)
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