New Kitten Help

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Karen Scopino December 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Hi.
I have adopted two Maine coon mix kittens. Mom was killed when they were ten days old. Both were fostered before adoption. One, Apollo was weaker than the other. We adopted them At roughly eleven weeks. Once they were weaned, they remained together in a bathroom at night. Each night around three am Apollo would start purring and kneading the bed. It took us a number of weeks to realize he was suckling on his penis. I have tried holding him, lambs wool, lambs wool with a nipple in it, ignoring it and giving him lots and lots of attention during the day. I am concerned about urinary tract infections. What should I do?

Briana Jones December 5, 2014 at 11:41 am

Hi Karen,

Maine Coons are a wonderful breed and these kitties are very lucky to have been adopted into such a caring home! Here are some thoughts from our veterinarians: Our first suggestion would be a visit to your veterinarian to rule out any possible medical issues. However, it seems more likely that this is a behavioral issue rather than a medical problem. Although it is not unusual for some male cats (neutered or intact) to display mounting or other sexual behaviors once they are sexually mature, Apollo seems rather young for that. What you are describing is likely more related to the fact that this kitten was orphaned during a critical time of development, when he would be nursing and bonding with his mom. Kittens that have not had this normal time of interaction are much more likely to suckle on objects (wool sweaters, human earlobes, other cats, etc.) even when they are older. However, not all kittens do this, and it sounds as if Apollo’s littermate is not showing this behavior. You may see this behavior diminish as Apollo gets older, or he may move on to sweaters or something else. For now, we would recommend continuing your approach of giving him plenty of attention and definitely not correcting him for this, although you could distract him with a toy. You might also consider trying a plug-in feline facial pheromone product, such as Feliway, in case anxiety is also a component. When you take the kittens in for their exam you can also see what your veterinarian thinks about Apollo’s behavior.

sandra myers March 13, 2017 at 11:02 am

Hello new puddytat parents!! The reason for my post is Feline Diabetes. I want to inform you from the START– I have been told all along that I needed to feed my babies dry food for thier teeth. This is not true. Dry kibble will kill your baby unless it is grain free. People will tell you not to feed them wet food because it spoils them. NOT TRUE!! Dry food, especially cheap dry food, will eventually lead to diabetes melitis and urinary and bladder infections. I pray that you do not fall prey to this. Cats need wet food for hydration and adding a little water to it will help even more. The “at least they are eating and that is better than nothing” attitude will kill your kitty in the long run. The need a HIGH PROTEIN/ LOW CARBOHYDRATE DIET> NO POTATOS< NO SWEET POTATOS NO GRAINS> NO RICE. Rice is high in mercury as is canned tuna. DO NOT BUY INTO THIS as I did. My baby is better than she was but her quality of life consists of 2 insulin shots per day at $160 per month, ravishingly eating and drinking water continuously to hydrate herself, trips to the vet to be monitored for insulin dosage and ketoacidosis at $50 per monitor. She had gotten no better and I could not get the vet to put her on a proper diet with a woman at the desk giving out misinformation, running back and forth between her litter box and her water bowl. Do not take your baby off insulin without a vets approval. But there are herbals that will help also along with the insulin.

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