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does this sound like aggressive behavior?

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09/02/2012
 
 
Purred: Sun Sep 2, '12 8:17am PST 
I recently rescued 2! 10 week old strays. I kept them in a dog crate until they saw the vet and were de-parasited and pronounced FELV/FIV negative bc I have an 8 year old cat at home. After a day or so, the 8 year old would rub on the crate and sniff the kittens, so I started giving them supervised free time. Overall, it is going great. The 8 year old will be in the same room as them and acts relaxed. If a kitten jumps too close to her or startles her, they are "rewarded" with a hiss and a tap on the nose but she isn't hurting them. However, last night, she started doing this thing where she runs toward them at full speed, then lays down on her side. They get close to her and she will show off some "ninja" moves and then lay back down on her side. I am not sure if she is trying to intimidate them with her ninja antics or if it is her way of playing with them? She isn't flicking her tail, growling, or flattening her ears so it doesn't seem worrisome to me.

On a funny note, she will gather up the toys and lay flat on them. She doesn't want to play with them but she doesn't want the kittens to touch them either!
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Maizy

I may meow to- you if you're- worthy
 
 
Purred: Mon Sep 3, '12 8:19am PST 
It sounds like playing to me. And that she is letting them know she is in charge. When I introduced Felix, Maizy growled & hissed, but now she actually will play a bit. Tigger had a few times he swatted at Felix, but I got a Feliway infuser and it helped. If she is not hissing or growling, I think she is playing with them. Let us know!
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09/02/2012
 
 
Purred: Mon Sep 3, '12 4:27pm PST 
The only time she hisses is if they pounce to close to her face. I haven't heard any growling...honestly, I think the "introduction" is going really well. I would consider leaving them out at night (they are being kept in a large dog crate) but I am not sure if I can trust them not to end up in the dryer vent or something! They are sweet little troublemakers!
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