|Purred: Sun Oct 25, '09 7:37am PST |
|Hi, there --
Hope this will help you. I've got a lot of experience with "thumb sucking," as we call it. Coop does this all the time. We even posted a video of it on our page, if you'd like to take a look.
I don't think that toe sucking is necessarily a bad thing. I've actually done some research, and the reason they usually suckle is because they were orphaned or were separated from their Mom too soon.
As I said, this is a regular habit for Coop. Every night, he jumps on the couch next to me, suckles his front paw and kneads either the blanket or me with the other.
He's always purring when he does this, and he really enjoys being petted while he's doing it. Coop is naturally affectionate, but he always gives me kisses and grooms my hands as he's suckling.
What I've done is I've given him his own blanket on the couch just for this nightly ritual. (That way, he can get the blanket wet and not the couch.) I also check his paw regularly to make sure that he's not biting into his paw pad or irritating it in any way.
When it first started -- not long after I brought him home -- I did have my vet look at his paw just to make sure there wasn't a cut or something that I was missing. But he's fine.
If you're worried about it, I'd say to check with your vet. Other than that, I think your foster baby is just probably trying to get some "mommy comfort." It's like a child sucking his thumb.
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, just let me know.
Coop and Coop's Mom
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