Post # 1
Today, I’ve witnessed super weird and creepy behaviours from my cats?! I honestly don’t know what to think!
Ok, a few months ago my ginger cat gave birth to 5 beautiful kittens. Now, they’re a couple of months old and of different colours. There are two females and three males. Also, they’re completely weaned so they’ve stopped breastfeeding. Basically, every time thet go up to their mother to drink milk, their mother slaps them to go away.
Now here’s the odd part. I went to the backyard today and saw the kittens chilling around playing and whatnot. After a while, I noticed that 2 of the male kittens breastfeeding from their sister. I was completely shocked! So, the two male kittens kept sucking from the teats of their sister kitten for a while, then afterwards the female kitten got up and left.
I honestly found this behaviour bizarre and almost incestuous like. I mean, the female kitten is not a mother nor has milk, so I’m curious to know why they were sucking her teats in that manner and it’s as if they were bresstfeeding from her, except that she had no milk.
So, I just wanna know if any bees have witnessed such behaviour from their cats? Also, I want to know why they were engaging in such odd and bizarre behaviour? Any explanation will be good 😊
Thanks Bees xxx
Post # 2
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
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
Get your cats spayed and neutered.
Cat Teats /= Human boobs
Cats sucking teats /= Sexual or incestuous
Post # 5
Sancerre: OMG hahahahah!!! I just can’t with your comment right now!!
Post # 6
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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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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 12
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
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
OP, get your pets spayed and neutered. Also remember they’re animals not people.
Post # 15
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.