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Who still suckles more, boys or girls?

post #1 of 9
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I noticed last night that all three of my boy kitties maintain a comfort version of suckling. They knead my arm while rubbing their face on my arm (Isaac drools to it's so cute! ) My little princess Maggie however, does not do any suckling behaviors. She kneads me when she's happy but she does not seek me out just to knead & suckle the way the boys do. So it got me thinking, do more boys retain this behavior than girls? I have no idea when Levi & Jordan were taken away from mom. Isaac was 8 - 12 weeks & so was Maggie.
post #2 of 9
Rosie was only 6 weeks so she kneaded and suckled on her blankie, and sometimes still does it.

Sophie's never suckled at all because she was with her mum full term before she came to me

Jack had to be seperated from his mum at 6 weeks to get him socialised with humans because his mum was semi feral, so he still suckles on my sleeve
post #3 of 9
Almost all of my boys still do, but none of my girls.
post #4 of 9
Yes, I think its a boy thing because, one of my boys holds something in his mouth then kneads. None of the girls do it at all.
post #5 of 9
We took Rebecca from an abandoned box of kittens. She suckles two or three times daily - she looks for me for it. She's not fussy about what shirt I have on either - t-shirt, blouse... whatever! The problem is that she makes a really slobbery mess! :p
post #6 of 9
I don't think it's gender based, it has to do with how early they were taken from mum.
post #7 of 9
none of mine suckle. Cable, Pixel, Chip & Java knead... Pixel licks [especially during belly scritches], Chip licks & nips, Cable & Chip headbump. none of them drool,
post #8 of 9
Both of mine knead, but neither of them suckle.

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none of them drool,
My first cat Socks used to drool whenever I scratched her chin and behind her ears. She would get soo relaxed.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by missymotus View Post
I don't think it's gender based, it has to do with how early they were taken from mum.
I agree with that completely, it has more to do with how they were nursed and whether they were allowed/able to comfort nurse after weaning and grow out of it of their own accord.

I have 3 boys:

Radar - separated from mum too young at 8 weeks old - suckles fingers and kneads.
Sonic - normal nursing and kittenhood, separated from mum at 13 weeks old after he had stopped going to mum for extra feeding/comfort - doesn't suckle or knead.
Jacob - bottle fed from a few days old due to mum getting mastitis and then her milk drying up so she couldn't nurse him - suckles fingers LOADS and kneads. Oh he also sucks the corner of the mousemat obsessively, it probably has a similar smell/flavour to the teat of a baby bottle!
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