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Nov. 15th, 2009 @ 08:59 pm
Mouthing behavior in kittens
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November 16th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
Awww sounds like a good little kittie =) It sounds like her behavior is great considering her feral history. It's good that she's sociable, in spite of not having a mommy-cat to teach her.
I agree the finger mouthing with paws clutching at your finger is probably a comfort thing. It sounds like a nursing/suckling behavior. Maybe once she is weaned some of that will stop naturally? I dunno. The mouthing behaviors seem ok to me too as long as they don't lead to your kitten into thinking that human hands and hair are her playthings.
Personally, I would discourage her mouthing behaviors. I had a feral kitty who I let do that and at first it was totally non-aggressive and cute, but for whatever reason he became more violent about it as he grew older. He did become a biter. So, just some anecdotal evidence there for ya... Certainly that might not happen with your kitten, but I say it's best to err on the safe side.
You could xpost your entry to lj user="cathealth"> and lj user="felinebehavior">, those people will be able to give you good advice =)