|Purred: Tue Dec 25, '07 7:52pm PST |
|Hello, everyone. I have a 6-month-old cat named Oliver. About three days ago or so, my sister adopted a 4-month-old kitten named Athena. Athena is a very sweet girl. She loves her humans- in fact, she won't stop whining if my sister (her mom) leaves the room. She loves being held and petted and sitting in our laps...
Oliver, my cat, seems to be okay with Athena. At first, he was terrified of her, and he literally followed her around everywhere, jumping every time she made the slightest movement. After a couple of hours of him just figuring her out, all he wants to do is play!
The reason I'm concerned is this: I feel as if Oliver thinks of Athena as one of his "toys." He plays VERY rough with her, sometimes holding her and biting her and kicking her with his back feet. (This is how he plays with his stuffed animals...) Athena hisses and growls and becomes very upset, but Oliver doesn't seem to get the point. He just insists on playing with her. She is significantly smaller (Oliver is probably going to be large when full-grown anyway), and I'm really scared he is going to accidentally hurt her! He has cornered her several times, jumping on her and irritating her to no end.
Also, I'm concerned about Oliver. This could mean he's quite jealous and unhappy about this new adoption. I don't want my baby to be sad, so I've been trying to show him extra attention...
It has only been a couple of days since Athena was adopted, but I don't want her to be injured in the meantime. Do you guys have any tips on how to help this situation? (They're being seperated for now and I've been yelling at Oliver when he is too rough.) But anything else? Thanks!
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