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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-19-2011, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Crying when wrestling

My two cats seem to get along pretty well for the most part. They never hiss or growl at each other (except when the larger one returns from the vet!), they don't mind each other when eating, they play together often, they groom each other, they sometimes sleep together, and they will wrestle. However, it's this last activity that from time to time concerns me: Usually they make no sounds other than tossing and turning, but occasionally the smaller one (about 10 lbs.) makes this awful sound when the bigger one (about 17 lbs.) is on top of him: "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Aaaaaaaaaaaaah!" (almost rhymes with "cat" or "rap") And left unchecked the pitch and eventually volume grows. I'm very concerned that the little one is about to get more and more hurt, so I yell "Hey!" and put a stop to it. And then moments later, they act like nothing is wrong; they are friends again. I'm scared to just let them go at it, especially with the size imbalance, but should I?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-19-2011, 12:16 AM
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My Teddy will pin his brother Leo down and Leo will make those noises. The funny thing is, Leo(15.5lbs) has 2lbs on Teddy(13.5). I only intervene when he starts sounding unusually distressed. Otherwise I let them be. Its just play.
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I always stop my girls (by shaking a coin can) when they get too rough and I hear one of them yowling such that it sounds like it's no longer fun for one of them. The noise from the can sends two cats scattering in opposite directions, but a few minutes later they're friends again...often grooming each other. I don't know if putting a stop to things helps, because no doubt that sort of thing happens when I'm not around to put a stop to it. Still, it helps ME, since I too get scared when I hear one of them screeching!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-19-2011, 01:54 AM
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When my girls start wrestling too rough, it bothers me, so I distract them.

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I guess we're lucky here. When my cat gets too rough in play the only one bruised and scarred is me..
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-19-2011, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm. Again, I wonder what would happen if I let them just go at it. If the crying one really felt threatened, would he likely resort to hissing/growling instead?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-20-2011, 10:16 PM
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Egypt at 8 lbs is the one that always gets carried away. Azalia at 10.5 lbs is usually the one crying out. I only intervene when Egypt starts chasing Lacey, who weighs about the same, but is still a kitten. She just does not have that aggression in her. When I see she tries to get away and Egypt is still stalking her...it's time for it to stop. Their scuffles always end up with some hissing, swatting, and the cats dispersing for a few minutes to cool off. Then yeah, 5 minutes later, they get together and groom each other before nap time.
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