Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
First of all realize that your 7 mo. is in his "terrible teens" which can last up to a year old and beyond. It's a very rambunctious, bratty stage where he gets his jollies by chasing your 4 y.o., attacking and biting. I've just gone through many months with my 1-1/2 y.o. Devon male "Fitty" who was chasing, attacking and biting my 12 y.o. Devon male "Zuba" (both cats neutered). If your 7 m.o. is not neutered, that's your #1 priority. Young males particularly are in the stage where they're trying to establish and be boss of their territory, which they do up to 2 yrs. So, I wouldn't interfere if your girl is standing up to him, but if he starts fighting, biting hard on her neck to make marks or draw blood, then he should be separated. Fitty got many 15 min. or so time-outs in a dark guest bathroom when he did that. When let out, sometimes he went right back at fighting, so he got another T-O, but eventually he did desist and behave himself a good part of the time. It's kinda funny, because Zuba getting back when he bullied Alkee when she was still alive, and she didn't really like to get into a tussle with him or stand up to him, but learned to run to me to sit beside me or at my feet or in my lap, as Zuba wouldn't bother her then. They were cuddle/grooming buddies most of the time tho, and now Zuba is the same with Fitty.....recently I've let them sleep together and groom each other but when Fitty was in his bratty stage, he slept in another room, or stayed apart if I had to go out and couldn't supervise them. What you want to avoid at all cost is a very serious all-out no-holds- barred, fur-flying fight especially with any injuries. One like that can destroy any hope of an amicable relationship between them. So keep up your good work with the interactive toys to drain off his energy, and remember that old phrase, "this too will pass". All the best!
"There are no ordinary cats.";"Time spent with a cat is never wasted."~ Colette
"A loving cat can mend a wounded heart." ~ Unknown Author
Alkitotle aka "Alkee", "Lambie" (July 2/04 - Oct. 2/15) -- white Devon Rex
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