Cats sucking on human ears -- Does your cat do this?

United States
February 4, 2007 10:25pm CST
My male cat, Silvio, is 7 months old (is that still a kitten btw?) and ever since we got him he's tried to suck on our earlobes. Its like he's nursing or something, like he's trying to get milk out. Its usually when he's tired & has been laying down. He'll just walk over & go right for our ears and, if you let him, will suck for 10mins sometimes before he falls asleep. Sometimes its nice because he's calm and you can just cuddle and pet him, but in the mornings when you're trying to sleep it can get annoying. We stopped letting him do it all together for a while, but he would still try every day, so it seems like its just something he has to do rather than a habit. Now we've just accepted the fact, but only let him do it like once a day, usually at night when we're relaxing. When we don't want him to we usually just push him away & he gives up after a while. Have any of you experienced this?? What does it mean?
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• United States
5 Feb 07
My male cat did that when he was younger. I think its like a weaning thing for them. He did stop as it got frustrating but I asked a vet, who said he was living out his kitten days...lol
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• United States
5 Feb 07
How old was your cat when it stopped?
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• United States
5 Feb 07
he was about 11 months or so.
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@yahooguy (508)
• Romania
5 Feb 07
he is small that's way he falls a sleep .....but don't be mad many cats do things like that so be happy you have him and make him happy becaus he is like your baby:)))))))))))and if you make him happy he will make you happy:)))))))))))))))
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@ladyjava (1185)
• Malaysia
5 Feb 07
my cat used our clothing.. he would snuggle up to us and start suckling any loose parts.. till its all wet.. then he would just doze off.. i think it is a weaning process like what the others are suggesting.. it would eventually wear off.. my cat stopped when he was about 7mths old.. then his mind was on other things...heheeh
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• Philippines
5 Feb 07
well professionals think of this as the cat thinking your ears are their mothers' teats. dont you think its cute? haha