kittens nursing each other?

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  1. mercurysmile

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    On to the never ending odyssey of sphynx cat questions....

    Our babies came home, they are 14 weeks now, so they've been weened for a while I think....

    We just got them friday night, and we;ve noticed they have been nursing each other. We have a boy and a girl (pic below) the boy is much larger, and will nurse on the girl, sometimes on a little nipple, but just as often on a wrinkle of loose skin (like on her knee)

    I know that some kittens will do this behavior to comfort themselves- I get that it is a big change from their old life to their new one, but I thought this was from being weened too early? It is their mum's 3rd litter I think, so she had some practice with babies too. They seem to be adjusting well, the boy is timid, but will sometimes come when we call him, he's not running away any more when we try to pet him, and he gets lots of loving and affection- and purrs lots!

    The girl is much more adventurous, and was brave and curious from the start, she will nurse herself sometimes too, but usually only after the boy starts... They seem to like each other's company, and will call out when they can't see the other one, but they are playful and active.

    Google seems divided about this issue, if we should split them apart for this behavior, of if we should leave them alone, and they'll grow out of it.

    I just want them to be healthy. I understand they may miss their mum... But I am afraid the boy will hurt the girl (he is almost twice her size, even though they are siblings the same age)

    Any help from the experts? We've never had kittens before! :Dizzy:
     

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  2. ckutkuhn7

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    aww very cute kitties,,Congrats!! I wouldn't worry about it too much as long as they aren't causing irratation of each others skin and they seem ok otherwise. They are more than likely just adjusting to their new surroundings and finding comfort in each other.

    Some others may have other insight as well. Goodluck!
     
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    I have a problem like that with Polar.
    In fact I caught him nursing his nipple in the show hall yesterday.
    Worse yet someone saw him doing it.
    Sometimes kittens the age of your cats will nurse on each other.
    Midnight and Stormy did that.


     
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    The Twisted Sisters do it, mostly Gummi nurses on the other two, but I have seen them do it some too. My daughter has a six year old cat that nurses on her blankets. She has always done it. There are worse things they could be doing to blankets, so all things considered I leave em to it, no big.

    ~I wonder if hairless cats can give each other hickies?? let us know! lol
     
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    I wouldn't worry about it unless they start causing raw spots. Pedda is 7 years old and she likes to knead and nurse on the inner part of my forearm sometimes when we go to bed. It tickles!
     
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    They should get used to there new home and not having mommy soon being that they just came home friday and are from the same litter they are just doing what they know and using it for a bit of comfort. I would give it more time and let them stay together. Big brother won't hurt little sis by trying to nurse just keep a eye when they play, but I have seen kittens play pretty rough and everything has been a ok!
     
  7. MissMySphynxBoys

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    I agree with the advice already given. Allow your two beautiful babies to stay together and comfort each other while they adjust to their new home. But keep an eye out for excessive nursing that may cause irritation.
     
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    I agree and I have fostered dozens of kittens in the past. With one litter, even though the mother was still there with the kittens, they would nurse on one another. As said, it's just a comforting effort, just as human baby's suck their thumbs. Good Luck and your new kittens are gorgeous! Hopefully we'll be able to see more pictures too!
     
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    Thanks all! They seem to be getting more adjusted, but still are nursing. I only break them up when the bigger one gets a little too rough...

    FYI- yes, she does get a little hickie!
     
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    :Surprise: LMBO! Thanks for the update:LOL:
     
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    I think I would "redirect" them to some other activity before it gets to the hickie stage. :Pudently: