RESPECT The- Star!
|Purred: Wed Jan 13, '10 12:46pm PST |
|Actually, at 5 months old, he is acting like a normal kitten would, he wants to play, and Lou is it.
Kittens learn the basics from their momma kitty, then they learn kitty socialization skills, from adult cats in the household, the adult cat is the mentor, teaches them, and puts them in their place.
I had the opposite prob, Bumpurr is a big boy, and as big as he is, and as small as the kittens were, he thought they were toys that moved by themselves. He just wanted to play, but he played too rough with them, so he had to be taught, they are not toys.
I watched when they interacted, and if the kittens started crying, I said "no playing rough with kittens" and followed that with the squirt bottle, which with Bumpurr, all ya had to do, was show it to him. After a few days, just saying the words stopped him, then a few more days, and he learned.
If the kittens weren't crying, I let them work it out. Bumpurr is their mentor, they love him and he loves them, he teaches them. Now that they are older, they body slam him, and they all run thru the house at warp speed.
I understand Lou does not want to play with the kitten, and anytime a new cat is brought into the household, there is a reshuffling of the pecking order. Lou was an only child, now he has a new baby brother, and he is telling the kitten, you are low man and I am still head man, thats what all the hissing is about, he is teaching the kitten.
The kittens try and play with Smokey, she can't be bothered with the little rug rats, she smacks them on the head and walks away, they soon learned not to bother her.
Bumpurr was the opposite, when he was a kitten, he flew his way up the ladder, and took on, my bf's cat at the time, who was head man, and a real B, didn't think anybody could get past her, let alone a little kitten, he did.
I guess what I am trying to say, is if nobody is crying, and its not an all out alley cat fight, just let them work it out. Lou is either going to stay head man, or he is going to let the kitten pass him.
I really would not get any kind of calming aid for the kitten, if thats what you meant, thats like trying to sedate a 2 yr old child, because he is a holy terror.
Seperating the kitten, really does not teach the kitten anything, its actually punishing him, when he really has not done anything wrong, only what comes naturally to a kitten.
You can teach the kitten, not to be so rough with Lou, if thats what the issue is, you do it the same way, I taught Bumpurr not to be so rough with the kittens, and at 5 months, he is old enough to learn. It doesn't happen over night, and it takes patience, and you always have to use the same word or words.
Here is a link to help you, and best of luck, whatever you decide to do, Lou is a beautiful cat, I love his color!
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