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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-08-2008, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Strange Habit?

Hello All - My almost two year old tabby named Rosa has a funny habit. She will suck the end of her tail until it's wet and pointy. She does this once a day for about ten minutes.

Has anyone else ever had a cat that did this? Or do you know why she has this behavior?

It seems to be a comfort thing...but I'm not sure.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-08-2008, 11:28 AM
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Mister would suck my thumb. Anyone's thumb would do, but he preferred mine. I learned to go to sleep with my hands covered, either under my body or under the covers/pillow or I'd wake up with him attached to and sucking my thumb.
It WAS a comfort thing for him, as he'd fall asleep while doing it, or he'd demand (grab at my hand) when he was feeling vulnerable when company first came over to visit.

This behavior is usually exhibited in cats who were weaned from their mother/littermates too early.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-08-2008, 08:37 PM
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My precious Ophelia (who's now crossed the Rainbow Bridge), a beautiful semi-longhaired calico, did this sort of thing, too. I would awaken to find her trying to nurse my neck (of all placed) while kneading and purring up a storm. Her mother became seriously ill immediately following the birth of Ophelia and her littermates, so all of the kittens had to be hand-raised. The vet thinks that her later behavior was due to her having been bottle-fed.

Despite the "nursing," I miss Ophelia fiercely. Rest in peace, sweet, sweet kitty--I love you.
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