Hi there all, hopefull you can help me out with a questinon about kitten behavior. I’ve got a kitten, and I think he’s about three months old now. Very healthy, very playful, but also, from what I can tell, very crazy.
To start off, he likes cheerios. I mean really likes 'em. He’ll knock a box over and try to get into it if he knows cheerios are inside. Forget eating them with milk, he’ll just crawl inside the box and eat the cereal. Something tells me this isn’t normal, and none of the cats I’ve ever had liked grains that much. There can’t be any nutritional value in cheerios for him… right? Does this indicate that he’s just got strange eating habits, or that he’s a bit looney?
In addition, he likes licking me. And he kneads me with his claws while doing so, and purring. He’ll use that flex-one-paw-then-the-other thingy, and purr like mad while scratching me with his little sandpaper tongue. He will meow horribly if I don’t let him do this. He seems to like it more than he likes cheerios, if you’ll believe it. At first I thought that maybe he liked the oils on my skin, or the salt in my sweat, but he’ll have at me even when I’m straight out of the shower.
If I sit in my computer chair, chances are very good that he’ll walk up to me and meowl at me until I pick him up, and which point he’ll find some exposed skin and start licking away. I’ve started to close my bedroom door at night, because he seems to take me lying down as a signal to start licking me like crazy. I literally can not lie down with him awake and the door open without him running in and, more often than not, forcing his head as close to my neck as possible before he starts the whole licking-and-clawing routine. Needless to say it makes getting to sleep rather difficult.
And letting him lick for just a bit won’t stop him. He can keep it up for much longer than I can endure it, evidently. And if I throw him off my lap or try to stop him from licking me in bed, he’ll immediately start meowing. Hell, if he’s busy licking my face while I’m in bed but I won’t let him lick my neck he’ll start meowing -while- purring. Damndest thing I’ve ever seen.
So, I ask you, is my lick-happy cheerios eating kitten a lunatic, or is this just some weird facet of kitten behavior I’ve never encountered?