(Closed) Super weird and creepy behaviour from my cats?!

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

It’s probably instinctual.  I have a kitten who tries to suckle off of my finger all the time.  Obviously, I in no way resemble a mother cat.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

We have brother sister cats and he used to suckle on his sister for a few months after we got them. Quite common apparently. 

Please get those kitties desexed asap. They can start reproducing from 5 months old. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Get your cats spayed and neutered.

 

Cat Teats /= Human boobs

Cats sucking teats /= Sexual or incestuous 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Sancerre:  OMG hahahahah!!! I just can’t with your comment right now!! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Honestly OP theyre animals. I wouldnt worry too much about it, i mean animals will even breed with their own siblings and its not uncommon or shocking. If its bothering you get they spayed/neutered and adopt them out 🙂

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - New Hope Presbyterian Church/Graystone Quarry

Normal. I fostered two cat sisters, and one would actually suckle on her sister’s anus. The vet said kittens, especially those who have lost their mother, will try to suckle anything because it’s comforting to them.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

sunshineflowers:  Cats aren’t people, they have no sense of incest, and suckling in the animal world is not sexual at all, it’s done purely for sustenance. You are personifying your cats too much which is why you are creeped out, so you need to remember you have animals, not little people.

Also, if they got to mating age without being snipped they would certainly mate with a sibling, so be sure to get them spayed and neutured pretty soon.

Anyhow, I am sure the current thing is just instinctual and not much to worry about. A lot of cats will try to suckle at things (blankets, their owners) after they’ve been weened because they find it comforting. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Cats do not find teats sexual like humans find breasts sexual. Absolutely nothing about sexual intercourse between cats involves the teats.

And the male kittens attempting to breastfeed from their sister is no more incestuous than them breastfeeding from their mother. It’s just instinct. They are kittens and this is where they think food comes from. It’s really no big deal. If kittens didn’t have the instinct to search for milk from the teats they would all die. They may also be hungrier than you think. 

Also, why tf did you not spay their mother, and why are you letting the kittens play outdoors unsupervised? Please spay/neuter your pets, and please take some actual responsibility for the kittens that inevitably result if you don’t. For every one of the kittens you sell or give away to a good home, a kitten that ordinarily would have been adopted from a shelter isn’t. You realize that you’re basically a backyard breeder, right? 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Define “a couple of months” because you probably need to get them spayed and neutered by now. 

Also, yes to what PPs have said. It’s not sexual and animals have no sense of what incest is.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Mrs. Honeybee:  What you said!

OP, I just assumed you adopted a pregnant cat. If you didn’t and just never got her fixed, listen carefully to that. And get her fixed if a vet says it’s not a risk to her.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by  LadyHatter.
Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

This is neither creepy nor weird. The mother is weaning them, and they still have the desire to suckle. Totally normal. 

Please spay/neuter your pets. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

It’s not incestuous… it’s a comfort thing. Almost like a human baby self-soothing by sucking it’s thumb. The kittens knew comfort and contentment when they nursed, so are just seeking this again now weaned. I had a kitten separated from his mother a bit young and he used to suckle my face if i was lying down. It was pretty gross and was stopped but even now, 10 years later, he still suckles my forearm if he comes up on my lap for a cuddle. I actually find it very endearing.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Sancerre:  +1

OP, get your pets spayed and neutered. Also remember they’re animals not people.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

This is completely normal. I am 42 and grew up with cats my whole life.  I agree with the others please have your cats fixed. 

 

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