Hi there. About 4 weeks ago I adopted a 3 month old kitten from a cat rescue organization. He is perfectly healthy, playful and affectionate. He immediately hit it off with my 4.5 year old male cat. They play together, sleep together and follow each other around the house. However, just one or two days after we brought him home I noticed whenever they relax together the kitten tries to latch onto my older male cat. At first my older cat tolerated it but he is now starting to get annoyed. He no longer wants to sleep on the bed with me if the kitten is there. The kitten is very persistent and keeps trying until he drives my older cat away.
I have tried taking him off and he comes back immediately. It takes about 20 attempts before he gives up (if he gives up at all!) My poor kitty now has small bald spots around some of his 'nipples' because of this crazy behavior. I know that the kitten was born into a healthy environment and well cared for. He was not weaned early. What I would like to know is if there is any chance this suckling behavior will stop as he gets older and if there is anything I can do to get him to stop. Thanks.