Just got a new 6 wk old female kitten and now my 7 month old male neutered cat is acting up sometimes.
Came across a baby kitten whose mother died so we brought her into our home. Our male cat likes to play with her and will be very affectionate with her, licking her, teaching her how to use the litter box, etc. But it seems like he gets carried away when playing with her and she cries. He also will try biting her neck and mounting her. Tonight he just tore up the litter box we just changed for no apparent reason. How can I get him to stop? It's stressing us out to have him behaving badly. It's not all the time and we've only had the kitten for 2 days so do we just need to be patient? Will pheromones help? If so what types? He hasn't sprayed at all thank god!
on May 1st 2012
in Behavior & Training
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Patience is a virtue, especially when our (fur)kids act up. Remember that your male is still a kitten. At 7 months, Izzie was hell on wheels. The mounting behavior is not sexual but dominant in nature. He's letting her know that he's large and in charge. She's also VERY young and may be a little apprehensive of his rough play. You need to be patient and intervene when Junior Rambo ;-) acts up. Run interference for the baby and don't discourage his big brotherly behavior, but don't let him bully her until she cries out. When he's "out of control" pick him up and put him in another room in a "time out" for a minute. Let him calm down. Don't shriek or yell or smack him. He's a kid and he needs to learn the rules for playing with little sister. As the kitten grows, she will let him know what's acceptable and what's not and if she gets bigger than him, he may be in for a big surprise!
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 5/2/12. Helpful? / 0
Also, you should keep the kitten isolated from your male until you've had her checked by a vet for diseases, parasites, etc. If you've already done that, never mind!
Monster answered on 5/2/12. Helpful? / 0
I agree it takes time to introduce a new cat , they are both kittens , but the 7 mo old is larger. It is normal for them to decide as the kitten gets older who will be top cat. Introduction should be a little at a time. Usually with you there to watch them. They will have kitty banter , that is called the dance.. just as long as it does not get to rough. Keep the baby in a room by himself if you leave the house.. make sure to give the older one attention first,, play with them together, feed the older one first.. takes time,, they get jealous just like children
Azurine Ambrosia answered on 5/4/12. Helpful? / 0