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Jan. 7th, 2007 @ 12:49 am Nursing babies
I have a kitty problem and I hope someone can give me some advice.

We have a house hold of 4 cats.
One is a all black short hair domestic 6yr old (Mew)
One is a maine coon 4 year old (James)
and 2 are newly adopted bengal kittens (Disko & Nori)

The new kittens are about 9-12 weeks in age.
We have had them for approx 3 weeks.
It took them a while to warm up to the other cats but now they are all great buddies.

The problem is that the 2 kittens constantly try to nurse Mew- our 6 year old male cat.
He doesn't get that annoyed, he's very passive, but it's weird.
They have been away from their mother long enough and it doesn't seem right that they are still trying to do this.
They also do not try to do this to James at all, they specifically target Mew.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we can get them to stop this behavior?
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Date:January 7th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
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It's just a comforting behavior for them. They aren't nursing, probably just burrowing their heads into his belly for comfort. If the older cat doesn't seem to mind, why stop them? If he's not growling at them or running away from them, what's the harm? If he seems annoyed by it or gets bored with it, He'll let them know it's time to stop. It may be a source of comfort for him too. In time, as they get older, they will likely stop on their own.
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Date:January 7th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
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That's good to know. I was a little worried that they were developing a co-dependent behavior for nursing that might give them bizarre oral behaviors. They lick things a lot..people, furnature etc.

It doesn't really seem harmful- I've just never seen it before.
Thanks for your input!
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