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Grown male cat still wants to suckle

topic posted Fri, February 22, 2008 - 12:42 PM by  Maweekes
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My adult male cat Percy will stop at nothing to suckle. He sneaks up to you and makes himself very comfortable and then begins sucking on your clothes wherever his lips fall. If you let him you hear the loud sucking sounds and the spot is soon soaking wet. How do I stop him? Please help.

ps he also loves cucumbers. will eat skin and any other part he finds even if he has to dig in the garbage for it
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    Re: Grown male cat still wants to suckle

    Fri, February 22, 2008 - 5:21 PM
    This is actually very common. A great many cats that are weaned too soon (and six weeks IS too soon even though that is often assumed to be the magic number) continue to suckle for the rest of their life.

    I don't think you can stop him. He does it because it's a comfort to him. Kittens usually want to continue to suckle even after they're ready for solid foods, because it's a means of being close to Mom and all the comfort and security that that provides. The whole reason why people _should_ let mama cats wean their kittens gradually, rather than having someone other than Mom arbitrarily decide it's time and pluck the kitten away so that it has to go cold turkey off of nursing, is because Mom does it gradually and the weaning process allows the kitten to adjust, not to mention learn to cope with frustration.

    Maybe someone else has had success in this situation, but I never have, and don't know anyone else who has either. Besides that, is it really that big a deal? Why not just let him suckle?
    • Re: Grown male cat still wants to suckle

      Fri, February 22, 2008 - 7:19 PM
      I had an otherwise very macho male siamese we got from a shelter as an adult, who suckled the tip of his tail. The sound alone was disgusting. At least in his case we broke him of the habit by trimming the hair on his tail tip into a crew cut for a couple months. If your guy only suckles on you, you could try tapping him on the nose when he starts. The nose smack is how cats discipline each other and seems to carry a lot of weight for very little actual force.
  • Re: Grown male cat still wants to suckle

    Fri, March 21, 2008 - 8:56 PM
    My two boy cats do that with each other. Sugar (we thought he was a girl!) will actually nurse on his own nipples and if Aloisius hears him, he will come over and nurse off of him, too. We pull him off if the sound gets too annoying!
  • Re: Grown male cat still wants to suckle

    Tue, June 25, 2013 - 1:01 PM
    My 3 month old kitten, Krackers, has been suckling on me since the day we got him. Normally I would let this go, since I know it's comforting to him, but he does it ALL NIGHT LONG!!! Plus he purrs loudly when suckling, and his favorite spots are on my earlobes and neck. The first night we had him I didn't get any sleep at all. So, that's why I need to stop this behavior! I'm the only person he does this to, he doesn't try it on the other cats, or the 5 other humans in the house. But when he suckles me it wakes up my boyfriend (yes, it's that loud!), and he will just kick him out of the bedroom. He's getting much better though, once I tell him no and push his face away a few times, he will usually just calm down and go to sleep. He also likes to sleep on my pillow, curled up around my head, and will even brush my hair over himself! Another thing that works is showing him his food, sometimes he wakes up hungry and just instinctively goes for my earlobe, but once he eats he calms down. So now I keep a dish near the bed and pour some chow in when he wakes up. I know that his mother abandoned him and his brothers at a young age, that's how I got him at 8 weeks old, and he made it clear that I would be his new mommy right away!

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