Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
First question: Is the mother spayed? Is the son neutered? If not, both should be done right away. If the son is around a year old he is trying to assert his dominance over her and establish "his" territory, and yes is bullying her somewhat. At this stage I wouldn't intervene is she can mainly hold her own with him by bopping him back or hissing or running away. If he's relentless in going after her and is biting her hard so that she squeals and is not fighting back, seems afraid of him, going off her food, then I would intervene. He's at the stage where he's trying to establish his territory. It doesn't matter that they are related because if they were in a feral colony she would ignore him as he is a mature male now. You might try and establish more vertical space. Get a cat tree if you don't have one, get another one and place it in a different location from the other, preferably near a sunny window. Sometimes just a little more space can make all the difference.
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