Originally Posted by Mugsy
I'm not sure if it's weaning related actually. My other kitten Little Pete (6 months old) is the one who does that. He'll knead my arm and suck on it like he's trying to get milk... its absolutely adorable. Shorty (7 months old) on the other hand just likes to gnaw on our fingers. His eyes are open when he does it and he purrs only half the time. If we take our hand away he tries to grab it with his paws almost like he's playing a game. Now I'm a bit confused
Do i discourage it or let him go at it? I don't mind it when he does it at all (it's actually sort of cute), but I don't want him to get carried away as he grows.
Hmmm...in that case, it sounds like he may be teething. If it were my kitty (and it's completely up to you with this), I wouldn't necessarily discourage, UNLESS it started to hurt, and it started turning into a game. That's when you start crossing over into him wanting to do it in play, which is never fun. If you decide to discourage, though (which again, in this instance, is completely up to you and your bounderies in this), I would put a soft toy in his mouth, though, not a straw. Straws are too fragile, and break too easily, and kitties can't handle having that in their tummies.
Sorry for the confusion! My advising not to discourage was merely if he were suckling like he was nursing. If it's in play, yes, if you're uncomfortable or it hurts, discourage it with a toy.