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Random Cat Story
Since I haven't been posting much, I figure I might as well turn a comment into a post. It's a cute story, too!

When my "middle child" kitty (the black-and-white one) was a baby almost 10 years ago, he used to suckle on my stuffed bear. He would knead his paws on the bear's belly, and simultaneously suck on an arm or an ear. I figured that he must have been separated from his mother too soon, and he found it comforting.

Oddly enough, it wasn't as if he suckled on everything like this. Just the one stuffed bear. Somehow my teddy bear had become a replacement mother for him, or something.

He did it for years, even way past his kittenhood; I think it just became a habit. When the youngest kitty (the tortoise-shell) came along, she saw him doing it. Being a baby herself, she imitated him. But she didn't suckle, she just kneaded on the same bear's belly -- and she always had a bit of a puzzled expression on her face. Like, "I don't know why we're supposed to do this, but I guess we are...."

They both still do it now and then, but not very often anymore.

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shadowriderhope From: shadowriderhope Date: July 18th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
*snrk* Cats are funny. ;)
elizilla From: elizilla Date: July 18th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was a kid we had a cat who would suckle on a particular pillow. It was a fuzzy brown pillow, about 12 inches square. If he was walking across the living room and you set the pillow in front of him, he would immediately walk up onto it, start suckling, and purr and purr, then curl up on the pillow and go to sleep.

When we got our second cat, she was a small kitten, just five weeks old when we brought her home. She would find our older cat curled on the pillow, and she'd suckle him, leaving wet spots on his side or his ear, then she'd curl up on top of him, and they'd both purr and purr. They continued this behavior even when she was grown. It was really very cute, two cats piled up and snuggling on a very small pillow.

I wish the cats we have now would like each other.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 19th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
How sweet!
shadowrose From: shadowrose Date: July 18th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
That's so cute! I can relate to that with my cats. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 19th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, cats sure are entertaining. (:
joline From: joline Date: July 18th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
aw man, that is cute. :)
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 19th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Sleep well. *hug*
sllywhtboy From: sllywhtboy Date: July 18th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Since I haven't been posting much,..

funny what happens when they take away your LJ access at work ;)

nice cat story. i had a cat as a kid who would suckle on lint "balls" stuck to blankets.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 19th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Well they gave it back, but they keep me pretty darn busy at work these days.... darn them!
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