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Old April 25th, 2004, 11:37 AM
Carly Carly is offline
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Red face My Cat Likes Sucking Earlobes

In fact she's sucking my earlobe right now. Um, is this OK? It seems to me it doesn't hurt anyone so I just let her do it....plus that keeps her off the keyboard.

I am a first time new mom so I have lots of questions...

Any thoughts on the earlobe sucking? Lately it's been accompanied by a lot of nuzzling on my ear and face and neck.

How often do you scoop? How often do you overhaul the box? So far my nose knows...and its about every week for the overhaul and every day for the scooping.

How do you keep them off the dinner table and kitchen counter?

How do you decide on a good vet?

Also how do you pick a good name? We call her Kitty Cat, Honey, Sweety, Bunny and Bunny Rabbit.
Old April 25th, 2004, 01:24 PM
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Is this an adult cat or a kitten? If you don't mind her sucking your earlobe, then there's no problem! Cats and kittens often suck blankets, hair,earlobes etc.if they have been taken from their mothers too soon. It comforts them and is similar to a child sucking his thumb. She probably drools and purrs too while doing this?

If you want her to stop this, make a sharp sound when she does, like "AH AH!!" then pet or play with her when she stops.

The box needs to be scooped every day, and changed completely when the litter is too soiled or gets low. If you can smell it, it needs cleaning!

Keep cats off the counter by not leaving food around. If the cat is already in the habit of jumping on the counter or table, get some double-sided tape and put a few strips on the counter. Cats HATE anything sticking to their feet, and this should discourage her after a few tries. If there is nothing to eat, and sticky stuff on her feet, she'll give it up.

To find a good vet, ask around to pet-owning friends or co-workers for references. Is your cat spayed?

As to a name, pick one and use it every time you call her to eat, or play or to get treats, and she'll learn it.
Old April 25th, 2004, 02:07 PM
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She is approximately 6 months. I really don't mind, I just want to make sure its not bad for her. She used to suck on my boyfriend's earlobe too but now she seems to prefer mine. Yep, there is some drool and lots of purring. Although I think she felt asleep on my ear last night. LOL. All of a sudden the purring stopped and then she twitched and started up again.

So far my scooping and changing is consistent with what you suggested. I'm allergic to cats and I've noticed the more meticulously cat owners take care of the box, the better it is on my allergies. So its in my own best interest to be pretty diligent.

Well, it looks like her name will be Kitty Cat since that's what she responds to. My family has already taken to the nickname KC.
Old April 25th, 2004, 03:44 PM
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Nice to read about a caring owner,ear-lobe sucking,that's sooo cute
Your'e also allergic to cats,well,it just goes to show,you can live with cats and allergies,no need to dump them in a shelter,like some morons do...
At our HS that is the most common excuse
Good Luck with Kitty-cat(very imaginative name )!!!
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Old April 25th, 2004, 04:04 PM
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My 7 month old kitten loves to suck on my finger...He also has his own fleese blanket that he sucks on.It's a throw-fleese one.He actually carries(drags) it around...It's so cute..

Do you have a pic you can post of her?

I actually like the name KC.

As for the allergies,we have heard it so many times of people getting rid of their cat/kitten because of it....You need to stay on this site so you can be our back up....
"A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours."
Old April 25th, 2004, 04:41 PM
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KC Good old Miami name

KC is a name with a lot of history.

KC and the Sunshine Boys

Harry Wayne Casey (known as KC for short) formed the Sunshine band in 1973 in Miama, Fla. He is so famous he has his own star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

Your cat is already famous.......

and I am a KC fan
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Old April 27th, 2004, 11:30 PM
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Go ahead... tell them about this thread. They know that my cat is a barn cat. And that she had the first two kittens under a piece of sheet metal where she thought was safest for her. They also know that I brought her into my sunroom and warmed up the first two kittens while helping her deliver the others. They also know that I helped the last of the litter to start breathing as she was limp and not breathing when born. They know I only found her because I went looking for her to check on her at 1am! They know I spent all night with her and didn't go to bed until 6am or later!! So I have a barn cat, and an outdoor dog. Big deal!! They are both well loved and spoiled rotten. Just because they sleep somewhere else, doesn't matter. It's when they're awake and playing with me, and running about and having fun being free around the farm that matters.
So hey, you wanna go tell everyone that I'm supposedly a cruel and inhumane person, go ahead. I know the truth, and that is ALL that matters!
Old April 27th, 2004, 11:44 PM
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By the way, I don't advocate that all animals should be outdoors. I just think that not all of them need to be indoors either... I agree that animals with little or no hair or those that are not in good health etc. should not be outside.
Rebuilding my barn for my other animals and feeding and letting them outside everyday, what was I thinking?? I should keep them in!! And as far as my cat... I mean, adopting my cat from a place that had tons and tons of cats to bring her home where she could get tons more attention for both her and her kittens..wow..I must have been out of my mind.. Instead of letting them grow up feral, I am finding them good homes. Wow, Am I EVER out of my mind!
Does that not sound crazy to you??? That's basically what you guys are telling me!
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