My new kitten sucks.
December 29, 2012 2:08 PM Subscribe
My new kitten is awesome, but she insists on suckling people parts. I'm looking for tips on getting her to stop.
posted by scrute to pets & animals (23 answers total)
We've had our new kitten, Casper
, for 3 weeks now and have been trying for pretty much the whole time to get her to stop suckling us. She prefers fingers, toes, earlobes and noses, but will go after any exposed skin when the mood strikes her (she's sucking on the back of my hand as I type this).
The internet seems conflicted as to whether she is hungry or whether it means she was improperly weaned. We've tried a number of solutions including redirecting her to food and giving her a tap on the nose. At night, we just keep moving her off the bed every time she does this (it's pretty disruptive).
Is there an effective way to break this habit, or do we just have to wait until she outgrows it? If it's the latter, does anyone know how long that will take? She's 13 weeks old now, and I know very little about her history or when she was weaned.