Kitten Suckling on Blanket?

Cat suckling is a common, generally non-harmful cat behavior that occurs in all breeds and all ages of cats. When cat suckling behaviors occur in adult cats, though, it tends to gets more attention and can be viewed as abnormal.

Excessive suckling behavior has been linked to early weaning in a number of cases. The diseases that would be direct causes of adult cat suckling would be behavioral disorders.

Virtually every stress-related behavior in cats can be attributed to a lack of proper resources. Separate eating, elimination and sleeping areas are paramount to a cats sense of well-being. Keep blankets, sweaters or other articles of clothing out of their reach, and if the cat’s desired object is a piece of furniture, isolate her from that room.

Boredom can be a part of the suckling, so it is a good idea to try playing, exercising, using puzzle toys or offering cat treats or small amounts of cat food to redirect the behavior and satisfy some of their other natural predation urges. Cat anxiety medication , such as buspirone (BuSpar) or gabapentin may work as well.

Should I let my kitten nurse on my blanket?

“Kittens should remain with their moms until they are 12 weeks old. Some will continue to try to nurse on their mum but will eventually grow out of it.” Be concerned: Wool sucking, however, can become more serious if the kitten or cat prefers to suck on fabric items.

How do I stop my kitten from nursing on the blanket?

The easiest way is to remove whatever he is nursing on when you see him doing it. Don’t jerk it away; just quietly remove it. If he is nuzzling you, set him down and walk away. You have to be consistent, however.

Have you ever had a cat who sucked on everything in sight? I never have, but in some ways I almost kind of wish I had. Theres something ridiculously cute about watching a cat kneading and sucking on blankets while purring his fool head off. Need proof? Check out the video below. Of course, if you live with a blanket or clothing sucker, Im sure its not nearly as cute to you. If youve suffered from kitty spit-soaked bedding or ruined sweaters, I totally get that youd probably trade your wool sucker for one of my feline family members. Youve probably also wondered, Why do cats suck on blankets? Well, wonder no more. Here are some of the most common answers to Why do cats suck on blankets?

Suckling is a common and, generally, non-harmful behaviour that occurs in all breeds and ages of cats but is most frequently observed in kittenhood. When kittens are first born, they are dependent on their mother for their nutrition. When suckling their mothers teats, kittens tread with alternate front paws at her body to stimulate the flow of milk.

Natural Instinct

The instinct to suckle is very strong in young kittens, and they may try to suckle anything soft, warm and fuzzy, especially if it resembles a mother cat. This cat behavior can even last into adulthood, with a cat suckling on objects like a blanket, a fuzzy toy or a piece of clothing (often wool or a similar texture). You can think of it as being similar to human thumb-sucking, which, at least superficially, seems like a fair comparison.

Comfort

If a kitten is very relaxed or comfortable, kneading behavior usually occurs—often followed by suckling behavior. Both are normal and seem to be relaxing for a cat, whether milk is present or not. This is evident in the post-weaning kitten behavior of suckling when no milk is present.

Stress

If a cat is stressed, she may exhibit obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and that can include cat suckling. Other signs of stress include over-grooming behaviors, paw-sucking, tail-chewing or flank-licking.

Genetics

Oriental breeds, such as Siamese, Balinese, Tonkinese and their crosses, seem to be more prone to adult cat suckling than European or North American breeds.

Weaning Experience

Excessive suckling behavior has been linked to early weaning in a number of cases.

What Should You Do About Cat Suckling?

Probably nothing. As it is a soothing, calming and instinctual response for the cat, indicating comfort and contentment, it is probably best to just accept cat suckling as a normal cat behavior.However, if it is causing excessive stress to the owner or is leading to ingestion of foreign material (pica) resulting in excessive vomiting or gastric upset, you should try to reduce or eliminate the behavior.