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People drink cow's milk, but I thought that humans were unique to drinking milk from other speicies. I was watching The planets funniest animals and a cat was breastfeeding a wild rabbit! I wonder if it happens more often than we think.
 

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I don't know.<br><br>
I did see a National Geographic Special on Horses in which a wild mare was allowing two of her offspring to nurse: the current year's and the previous year's. So tandem nursing Does occur in Nature.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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A true story I read was of a mother and daughter cat, who loved each other. Both had litters and the younger cat nursed on the original mom, as her own kittens nursed on her, and her little siblings nursed on big mama! Awww...<br><br>
I do not think the OP scenario happens too often.
 

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Actually, we had a cat and a dog have litters at the same time when I was little. (it was a small cocker mix type dog) The mama cat got hit by a car and killed, so the mama dog took the kittens in and nursed them herself. It was a funny sight to see a dog nursing this pile of kittens and puppies. I also had a mama cat die just after having her kittens when I was a little older, but there were no lactating animals available to act as a wet nurse, so we bottle fed them. One of those particular kittens grew up thinking she was human. She would try to work the microwave, because that's where we warmed her milk. She would also pucker her lips and kiss you, in fact, she kissed everyone that came in the house. Animals are so funny.
 

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A similar thing happened with the dog my family had when I was growing up. An orphaned kitten showed up at our house one day. Our dog, who had never been pregnant or had puppies, lactated and nursed the kitten.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The town I used to live in had a newspaper feature about events years ago. One 75 year(?) old item was a cat who had kittens. The owner took care of the population problem by drowning them. So the cat tried to make a rabbit nurse.<br>
There was a TV show last year. I can't remember whether it was Amazing Animals: A dog had puppies. She ignored them, as she didn't want babies. A cat had kittens that died somehow. The cat took the puppies away and raised them.<br>
Our own kittens sometimes suckled a tomcat. They just like to snuggle.
 

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I've seen documentries that have animals nursing from other animals like wetnursing. If something happens to the mother and such. I know I've seen kittens nursing from a dog before.
 

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I have often seen and heard of dogs feeding cats and also rabbits. But I also had a client (she was actually a wonderful client!) who breast fed her puppies! I never asked for details, but she had a toddler at the time and the dog did not have milk! The puppy she kept was very healthy<br><br>
PS Of course she also used to push her guinea-pig around in a baby carriage! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by Destinye</i><br><b>I have often seen and heard of dogs feeding cats and also rabbits. But I also had a client (she was actually a wonderful client!) who breast fed her puppies! I never asked for details, but she had a toddler at the time and the dog did not have milk! The puppy she kept was very healthy<br><br>
PS Of course she also used to push her guinea-pig around in a baby carriage! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"></b></td>
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