Q: why does my cat bite my pillow and nead it like a kitten feeding

March 20, 2011 | By Inee68 | 2 answers | Expired: 1771 days ago

my cat is an adult female spayed cat and we got her very young. we had to feed her with a dropper. she is about 7 years old. Every so often she will bite my pillow and nead at it like a kitten does when they are nursing. why does she do that?

Readers' Answers (2)

Mar 20, 2011

Lots of cats who were taken away from their mother & bottle-fed or weaned too early (before at least 8 weeks) exhibit this behavior. It is basically a suckling behavior. They usually purr while they suckle & knead on objects, people, or sometimes even themselves. It's calming & provides comfort. I have one who is about six who has done this ever since we rescued him. They usually do it their entire lives, but it sometimes slacks off a bit as they get older.

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daryl b.

Mar 21, 2011

i do agree with kelly. that is what i have always heard

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