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Kitten behavior

melissam87

Savannah Super Cat
Good morning ladies,
So I have to say I'm so glad there is a place where I can ask questions and feel confident that the answers I'm receiving are from knowledgable people. I can't thank you enough.

My question today is about my kitten and her grooming the cat. Samantha ( the kitten) has this habit of licking Nikita incessantly on her breast bone, just underneath where the Adams apple would be. Is there some significance with that particular spot? She may lick her in other areas from time to time but that spot is always drenched, on Nikita, when they are finished grooming one another.


I only ask because I read that she may be trying to get something that she is lacking in her food. I feed her Blue Buffalo kitten and Weruva. Granted they are commercial products, but I can't imagine that is the reason why.

Thank you in advance.....

Melissa
 

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Paige
Staff member
Melissa, I don't think she is licking Nikita in that spot because she is missing any kind of nutrients...that is a difficult spot for Nikita to reach, so Samantha is helping out...
 

Wyldthingz

Savannah Super Cat
Are you sure she is licking or is she sucking her? Often Savannahs like to suckle even if they are older. My F5 likes to suckle my dog's nipples! I have another that sucks her own side? It think it is just comforting to them. Some grow out of it, some don't.
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
I was thinking the same thing Kelly. This may be Samantha's way of fulfilling her suckling instinct.
 

melissam87

Savannah Super Cat
Are you sure she is licking or is she sucking her? Often Savannahs like to suckle even if they are older. My F5 likes to suckle my dog's nipples! I have another that sucks her own side? It think it is just comforting to them. Some grow out of it, some don't.
Melissa, I don't think she is licking Nikita in that spot because she is missing any kind of nutrients...that is a difficult spot for Nikita to reach, so Samantha is helping out...

I didn't think the lack nutrient made sense. I could see if it was a nipple but it's this particular patch of hair....

I thought it may have been a comfort thing also. I just thought it was odd that it was only that one spot. As far as if she's actually suckling or not I really can't tell. Once I get close enough they both look at me like I am interfering in some way. Lol three's a crowd I guess.
 

Sourek

Savannah Super Cat
Sorry About reviving an old thread. I'm having this issue right now with Nero and Senna. Nero is about twice the size of Senna right now, both of them are males, but it seems like Nero is suckling on Senna's throat. Nero holds Senna in place. Sometimes it looks like Senna doesn't mind and sometimes he tries to get away. I'm not sure if I should intervene with this happening, but it seems like some of Senna's fur is clumping up and falling off in that spot.
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
Oh my, that's some serious suckling. I suppose you should probably try to hinder it. If the skin is intact you might try putting some bitter apple or some other nasty flavor on the area and see if that doesn't discourage Nero.
 
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