Kitten sucks on earlobe thinking it’s his mother’s nipple

by Olyn
(London, UK)

This is our new British Shorthair kitten Merlin.

He likes to wake his new mother up by sucking on her earlobe.

To date no milk has been found but the search continues!

Here is the video:

Olyn


Hi Olyn.. thanks for sharing.

Awwwww…amazing. It shows without doubt that our cat companions see us as (humans) as a mother cat and we actually keep them in perpetual kittenhood.

This is because we feed and care for them (if we are good caretakers).

On that basis; when will Merlin stop? When he realises that no milk is forthcoming? Or will he stop at all. He might like it enough even if there is no milk. It is a comfort zone thing like a child sucking on a thumb. Only he may never grow up….:).

There is one reason for this behavior which I don’t think is correct in this instance. Some cats suck wool. The reason is said to be because of being weaned too early. Suckling on an ear lobe is similar behavior but the reason is the same one that leads to a cat kneading our legs when on our lap – they see us as mother cats and they remain in a form of kittenhood.

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Sep 18, 2011
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wow i know it feels good
by: kayla garner

dose it hurts sometimes.i have a cat name abby and she loves sucking on your nose and ear.I like the video.


Sep 17, 2010
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Hi Michael
by: K.

Merlin has great markings indeed!
He’s a pure British Shorthair silver spotty.
I’m going to take him to a show in the beginning of next year to see how he does. I’ve heard from the breeder that he would apparently do pretty well!
To me he’s the most gorgeous personality ever so even if he wasnt show material, I feel he’d deserve a medal anyways. 🙂


Sep 17, 2010
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Merlin in the bath
by: Ruth

Thanks for sharing that !
Yes he is just absolutely gorgeous and so beautifully marked.
We had a brown tabby at one time, Bryan, he loved playing with the water when we used the hose outside. He would sit on the edge of the bath when I was in it but never right in the bath.
I love your videos of Merlin.

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Sep 16, 2010
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Merlin
by: Michael

Merlin likes water like a wildcat hybrid and his coat is gorgeous, as nice as a purebred Bengal show cat.

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Sep 16, 2010
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Merlin playing in the bath
by: K.

Hi All,

Here’s another video clip of my extraordinary Merlin!

He’s full of tricks and entertains us with his new ideas every day.

K


Sep 16, 2010
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Thank you K
by: Ruth

Every signature is very valuable to us.Some people think petitions are worthless but ours already helped bring about a declawing ban in some Californian Cities last year.
It was held up along with our letters supporting a ban.
When I was vet nursing, although declawing was still legal here then, our vets would never do it.
It’s incredible that civilised countries like the USA and Canada still allow it to happen every day.
I love cats and can’t bear to think of the suffering caused by this and to do nothing about it.


Sep 16, 2010
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Thanks Ruth
by: K.

I’ve signed the petition below. Hope this will be a step forward into making a difference.

All cats should be able to keep their claws.


Sep 16, 2010
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To K
by: Ruth

Merlin probably will grow out of it although some cats do it all their lives.
One of ours, Jozef,still sucks on my old dressing gown sometimes and he’s 9 now !
Would you believe little kittens like Merlin are declawed in the USA and Canada ?
It’s unthinkable isn’t it! It’s so easy to trim claws and provide a scratching post yet people can get a kitten and not bother to do those things as many vets will happily cripple the kitten for life instead.
Please help us get it banned by signing and passing on our petition:


Sep 16, 2010
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Merlin’s mornings
by: K.

Hi all,
I’m the “mum” in the video and just had to make a comment here. Thank you all for your messages!

Merlin is only 15 weeks old so hopefully he’ll grow out of this interesting habit. He’s an extraordinary kitten, who also likes water!

We’re trying to get him interested in other things than my ears and encourage him not to do this in the mornings, but he’s cheeky and crawls up to the pillow next to me when I’m still asleep!….apparently in most cases, they grow out of it. Let’s hope Merlin is one of them.

I’m completely against de-clawing cats (and we dont do that in the UK), but since Merlin lives indoors, I trim his nails so they’re not as sharp as they look and luckily dont scratch or hurt my face at all.

Thanks again for all the comments! Keep them coming!
K.


Sep 15, 2010
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Merlin
by: Ruth

I love it ! Look at those gorgeous little needle sharp claws. In the USA they would soon be going, along with Merlin’s precious toe ends.
There is no feeling on earth you can get like the kneading love from a cat or a kitten,claws are part of them and if you truly love cats,as this lady obviously does, you love their claws and all.

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Sep 15, 2010
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Lovely!
by: Barbara

Thaty’s the nicest thing I’ve seen in a long while, the kitten looks so happy and confidant that he is safe. Mind you I bet his new mother’s face stings a bit and might end up looking like a side of beef but seeing at it’s from good old England UK there will be no question of those precious claws being amputated. Thanks Olyn for sharing it.


Sep 15, 2010
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Sweet
by: Gail (Boston, MA USA)

This is too cute for words! Thanks for making our day a bit brighter.


Sep 15, 2010
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It shows for me.
by: Anonymous

I can give you a youtube link instead if you like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G6IEGV4hFY


Sep 15, 2010
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Olyn
by: Michael

Hi Olyn, this video is not showing on the page. If this continues, I will have to delete the page – sorry.

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