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Suckling - 13 Weeks old

Hello Devon friends!

Long time lurker, first time poster.

Finally got my little Monty last Friday, so he has been at his new home with us for a week now.

Just this afternoon we were snuggling on the couch and he started licking, nibbling, pawing and purring very loudly on my arm. I googled it and it said that this behavior happens when kittens haven't been weaned from their mothers properly, but I got Monty at a good 12 weeks from his breeder.

I was wondering if I should be worrying? His behavior is very normal so far, I guess I'm a kitten mummy for the first time in a long time and I'm a little on edge!:)

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  • Hi Kaisha & Monty,

    I have four Devons aged between 4 years to nine months and they all do it. It's more a comfort thing than not being weaned properly.  Mine always start padding just before they want to go to sleep, seems to help them settle right down.  It doesn't bother me at all with them doing this, and it always seems to be on something like a dressing gown.

    I personally wouldn't worry about it.  Don't know what others think.

    Hope all goes well.

    Penny & 4Es

  • Hey there.

    My baby, Louis, well he's almost 18 months now, STILL does it. And I know the breeder well, so it isn't a matter of poor weaning.

    Like Penny said. It's a comfort thing.

     

    Don't stress!!

     

  • Our Devon kittens suckled each other endlessly during their first few months with each other. I was concerned, too! But at eight months they have totally grown out of it. Our kittens had not been weaned early, either, so maybe it's just a Devon thing!

  • I guess I've just been kinda stressed about it because he is just so INTENSE about it!
    If its not my arms, it's my chest, or my neck, and sometimes my eyes!
    No amount of pushing him away, telling him no, will stop him. And sometimes I just feel guilty because all he is doing is saying "I love you mummy", but it's starting to hurt when he paws at my cheeks or my eyelids...
  • I've noticed Devon boys are bad about nursing long after they should be. Without fail it seems like I always have at least one boy who tries to nurse on his siblings, the dogs, us.  I had one male I kept with his mother until he was 4 months, still, nursed everything for another month until he went to his new home. His poor sister, I would pick her up and for awhile we were thinking she was urinating in her sleep because she would be soaked. Nope, it was just her brother. They eventually grow out of it. My girls tend to be big time kneaders, this habit however seems to only get worse as they age... and they decide it needs to be done at 2am.

  • Oh dear! Well at least I know Monty isn't the only boy Devon out there. They always say that boys are more attached to their mummy than girls! Haha
    I'm almost glad Monty doesn't have any other siblings to annoy! Just me and his daddy, although I get soaked not daddy!


    Kelly Vance said:

    I've noticed Devon boys are bad about nursing long after they should be. Without fail it seems like I always have at least one boy who tries to nurse on his siblings, the dogs, us.  I had one male I kept with his mother until he was 4 months, still, nursed everything for another month until he went to his new home. His poor sister, I would pick her up and for awhile we were thinking she was urinating in her sleep because she would be soaked. Nope, it was just her brother. They eventually grow out of it. My girls tend to be big time kneaders, this habit however seems to only get worse as they age... and they decide it needs to be done at 2am.

  • Our male Devon suckled on my 14 year old boxer dog until he was over one year old... she couldn't have cared less. He has grown out of it now, but still cuddles up and sleeps with her most nights.

  • Hi,

    I don't have this with my Devons but my last cat carried on "suckling" on blankets throughout his life. I found him abandoned at 5 days old and bottle fed him so it was almost definitely due to his being seperated WAY too early from his mum. Whatever the cause, it really isn't a problem though. He did it at least once or twice a day and worked himself into a trance holding his favourite blanket in his mouth, kneading it with his paws and purring like crazy. He seemed to really enjoy it. He never did it with strangers around and only when he was totally relaxed and happy so I tended to see it as a good thing and a sign he was contented and relaxed rather than worrying about it!

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