Okay, this will sound really, really weird, but my kitten (3 months old) sucks his thumb.
I can't get him to stop and I'm afraid he'll get an infection in his paw. You know how when cats lay down to sleep/relax they work their paws back and forth? We'll I found out that this was because it reminds them of nursing from their mother which was the most relaxing time in their lives.
I know it's weird, but bear with me! I got this cat when he was only a day old and nursed him with a bottle. I had a hard time weaning him and he nursed for several weeks longer than most kittens do. When I held the bottle, he'd grab it with his paw to try to keep it to his mouth. I think this is why he is doing this now. If anyone has any tips on how to end this behavior, I'd greatly appreciate it!
Feb 20, '02
Oh that poor baby - he really did leave his mama too soon. He took the bottle longer than kittens generally nurse, probably because you were nice and let him. Mama kitties wean their babies pretty angrily, and just don't LET them nurse. Half-grown kittens who are well able to eat kitty food will *try* to nurse, but the mama cat will swat them away from her in a very rude and unmotherly way.
RN-PA - I'll bet your kitty who nursed on stuff and ruined a wool jacket was a Siamese? They're well known for that trait.
I don't know about a kitty sucking his thumb, either. My sister had a kitty who would nurse her own teats! Can you imagine? My sister found her outside in the snow (Toledo Ohio) and saw that she did that. My sister said that she was OBVIOUSLY meant to be a part of her strange and unusual household.
Last edit by NurseDennie on Feb 20, '02