Why Do Pets Suck? Dog & Cat Nursing Behavior

Do your pets suck? I mean, do your cats nurse on your clothes, or dogs suck toys?

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Now you negative-thinking folks out there, just STOP IT! I’m not talking about anything negative about cats, just that some like to–well–use fuzzies as pacifiers. Dogs do it, too, and I’ve addressed that before in a second Ask Amy video, below.


Kittens taken too early from their mom sometimes develop these behaviors and will suck on their own tails or a litter mate’s toes, for example. Others target fabric which may develop into a behavior described as “wool sucking” that seems most common in Oriental-heritage cats (Siamese, Burmese, etc) as a part of pica behavior–eating inedible objects. But many plastic bags are made from petroleum based products. In other words, this oil-derived material tastes good to cats! So when your cat decides to graze on plastic, we must, in turn, become much better housekeepers and pick up and dispose of the dangerous sacks before kitty can get a taste.

The sucking behavior seems to be accompanied by kneading, which makes sense. Kittens knead against the mom-cat’s breasts to stimulate the milk to be released. So in adult cats, the kneading behavior hearkens back to this feeling of safety and well-being, and some cats simply take it a paw-step further and suckle on something at the same time.

Do your cats suck? How do you handle the behavior? Is it a problem for you, or an endearing foible? Does the suck-isity turn you into a better housekeeper to keep woolies out of your cat’s paw-reach?

And for the doggy version:

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Why Do Pets Suck? Dog & Cat Nursing Behavior — 4 Comments

  1. Night doesn’t suck on blankets, but he… um… does something else with them. Which is also accompanied by kneading. We just kinda live with it and hope he doesn’t do it in front of company. LOL

  2. Yes my Thomas is a sucker and kneader sometimes. He seems to prefer nylon or rayon material. I know he’s remembering his mommy. Lol

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