Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
When do you worry she's being bullied too much? You should worry if she's hiding away most of the time, seems afraid of him, doesn't want to come out to eat or eats very little and then hides away, is losing weight, seems depressed and not enjoying life, doesn't play any more if she was very playful before. If she's doing any of these things consistently and it's increasing from what it used to be, I would be concerned. You'll either have to keep her separated from him when you're not there to supervise, and you may have to play the "heavy" and intervene if he's harassing her too much. Or you may have to re-home him. Males around 1 yr. do start to develop their "territory" and throw their weight around to be dominant, even over siblings or his momacat. If she stands up to him, which is difficult if he's much heavier and larger, he may mellow out as time goes along, but if he continues to bully it can make her life a misery and the added stress can result in health problems eventually.
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