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I rescued an eight month old kitty that was starved to death. She's doing great now but she jumps in my lap and will start sucking on my shirt. I know she's not hungry because she does it sometimes right after she eats. I try ignoring her and it works sometimes, does anyone have any ideas?
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it's a comfort gesture common to kittens separated from their mothers too soon and has nothing to do with hunger or food. one of mine does it, and outside of it being a bit itchy it's harmless. chalk it up to being a charming personality quirk and learn to live with it because it isn't likely to change too much. my cat is 12 and she still does it
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My Alice did that as a kitten, even though we got her at 12 weeks old. It's like "kneading", it reminds the cat of nursing, and you are her new Mama. When it got really out of hand (soaking our shirt) we would give her a little tap on the nose and she would move on the kneading and snuggling. She grew out of it.

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when I was younger I was adopted by a cat that did that. It was wonderful to know she loved me enough to think of me as her mother. I did not smack my cat to teach it a lesson, I just got her, her own blanket I kept near and would drag it onto us when she started doing it. Also it was a great laugh when she started doing it to guests and they would laugh loads at her. I miss her loads.
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Liam never didi it but his brother Darby did a lot when younger and sometimes still tries. I just push him away say no and he usually stops.
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as many others have said, lots of cats do this.

it is a normal sign of affection.
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its normal and its really really cute. I love it when my cat angel does this!
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the first time i held my "new little one" at the shelter she did that to me....that's what won me over and i HAD to have her it's def. a sign of affection
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She is only soothing herself because she is so young it is probably comforting for her and is no different than a human baby sucking on a pacifier she will grow out of it.

Good luck and enjoy your new little kitty.
Bless you for rescuing her.
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that is a sign they are nursing, cats often do that or they knead on you or your clothing. it is perfectly normal
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