Why Does My Kitten Nibble My Neck?

Woman hugging Siamese kitten. Photo CC-BY Kathryn Decker

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I adopted a 3-month-old kitten a few weeks ago. She loves to crawl all over me and snuggle. She seems to like to snuggle up against my neck, which is fine, but she also nips and nibbles while she’s there. She is not in any distress. She is purring, […]

My Hyper-Nursing Cats Are Driving Me Nuts!

A mother cat nurses four kittens.

We’ve gotten a couple of questions recently about how to manage cats that nurse on everything in sight, so this week’s post is about cats that suck! First, Candace asks: My 4-month-old calico has been sucking the sheepskin in the window. She is the seventh cat in my lifetime and none have ever done this before. Her poop […]

My Cat Eats Everything In Sight. Help!

A cat chews on computer cords

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My 5-year-old Siberian cat has a very bad habit: he eats whatever he finds and seems to have a taste for non-food items. It started out with eating stuffed animals (plush toys, for those of you in the UK), usually chewing off their arms, feet, ears and faces. After […]

Why Does My Kitten Suck Her Tail?

Tabby kitten sucking on its tail

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I just got a kitten three weeks ago. She’s normal in every way except that sometimes she will lay down and chew or suck on her tail. Apparently she likes it — she purrs while she does it and it puts her to sleep — but I’m a little […]

How can I keep my cat from eating clay?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My 8-month-old cat has eaten polymer clay a whole half including plastic! Is polymer clay toxic to a cat? How can I keep her from eating clay and all kinds of other non-food stuff including wires, shoe laces, plastic, paint brush tips, junk on the floor, bird food, fish […]