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How long would kittens suckle for?

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:39 pm
by Squirrel
Curious, and we did once have 3 girls who stayed living with their mum as adults, but I'm still not sure of the answer. Are all baby rats weened totally by 6 weeks, or if they stayed with mum would they still try to suckle past that age? Would Mum push them off? Just that you read of human kids suckling until 5 years old etc.

Re: How long would kittens suckle for?

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:14 pm
by NellyNoodle
I had two litters in together from 2 weeks old last time, the one mum stopped feeding any of them by 5 weeks, the other carried on feeding my keeper does until at least 7 weeks.

Re: How long would kittens suckle for?

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:19 pm
by Squirrel
NellyNoodle wrote:I had two litters in together from 2 weeks old last time, the one mum stopped feeding any of them by 5 weeks, the other carried on feeding my keeper does until at least 7 weeks.
The 7-week mum was probably a soft touch :lol:

Re: How long would kittens suckle for?

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:55 pm
by cyber ratty
It depends on the mums really. I once kept two sisters whose mum pushed one away at about 6 weeks, but let the other continue to feed for another week or two - that kitten was a runt and I think also had some mild disabilities.

Re: How long would kittens suckle for?

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:59 pm
by Squirrel
cyber ratty wrote:It depends on the mums really. I once kept two sisters whose mum pushed one away at about 6 weeks, but let the other continue to feed for another week or two - that kitten was a runt and I think also had some mild disabilities.
What a cute story, the mum knew the kitten was special :)