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We found an abandoned kitten when he was 4 weeks old.  He is very sweet and loving.  Problem is that he nurses on my daughters earlobes and neck.  He is now 9 months old and still wants to nurse daily on her ears and neck.  Why does he do this and should we stop him?   It is odd to watch and he is sucking like its a bottle!!!

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Hi
this sounds just like a habit he has got into and in itself is not harmful to him but it is probably advisable to try and stop him doing it as he may get into trouble in the future if he tries to nurse on a another cat. It may also affect his teeth in the long run.
Simply gently push him away when he does it, do not make a noise as any noise from you will be seen as a positive reaction even if you are telling no. Silence will confirm that the behavior is not accetable. It may take some time to break the habit but you will have to be consistent other wise he simply won't learn.

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Kate

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Kate Tilmouth

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I can answer most day to day cat problems encountered by owners. I have a good understanding of cat behaviour and problems which may arise from changes to their daily routine. I can advise on cat training including litter training and general day to day cat care issues. I am not a vet and therefore cannot answer medical questions.

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I run my own cat website at http://www.our-happy-cat.com and have been a dedicated cat owner for over 20 years. I have encountered many different cat problems and situations and feel that i have a good understanding of cats and cat ownership.

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Educated to High School level and have since worked for many years in a customer support based environment, gaining vocational qualifications.

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