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The little guy wants to nurse at night. my ear seems to be his favortie way to go to sleep. does he need a bottle

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Amy,

The answer to the question of whether or not your kitten needs a bottle depends on how old he is. If he is under 6 weeks old you can certainly try using a bottle with kitten formula to satisfy his urge to suckle before bed, however this may be a lifelong issue depending on how old he was when he was taken from his mom. If his self soothing nursing bothers you on your ear you could try re-directing him to a stuffed toy, fuzzy blanket or even offer him a finger tip instead of your ear. This kind of sucking behaviour is very common in kittens who were weaned prior to at least 8-10 weeks (kittens really should stay with mom until they are at least 12 weeks old and mom should determine when they are weaned but you should start providing larger quantities of kitten food from the time that the kittens are around 5 weeks old so that mom can begin teaching them how to eat, however conditions aren't always ideal when kittens are rescued). It's important to be aware that kittens who direct sucking towards people or objects or even other pets may do this for their entire lives (I have a bottle baby who I rescued at a week old and she will be 14 shortly - she still nurses on her tummy fur from time to time)... If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me again at any time - I am more than happy to help in any way that I can.

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Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

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I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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