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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe figuring out - again can they get along?

I wrote the above post because my male spends most of the time outdoors and I think I see why. Today it was hot and he came in. I played with him, brushed him only a little as he will tolerate and then let him be. My mama laid on the floor. Within a minute he jumps on her biting her neck. She doesn't like this and tries to get out and hisses at him. I tell him no and he stops. Another minute and I see the look in his eye and I say no but he does it again. I tell him no and he separates and she runs to me. He walks outside. Then she goes outside and I expect him to do it again but no, he sniffs her butt, meows and lays down. And she walks off.
1. Should I really let them go at it until it is worse?
2. Is it fair to mama (his beloved mother who took of him outside!)
3. At night my bedroom door is closed. There are plenty of spots to hide but sometimes when I come out cushions are moved and evidence of chases all over. But when I wake they are there waiting for breakfast - no fights.

So is this ok cat behavior? I want to be fair to mama. He weighs a lot more. She is so sweet. Yet I can't imagine getting rid of him without worrying that he will be all right.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 06:19 PM
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It doesn't sound like anything unusual, from what you've just said. Sometimes one cat will want to play and another one can't be bothered. Maybe that's what you witness sometimes.
Mine do that on occasion. You'll see the one jumping at the other, goading her in a sense in order to get her to react, to move, to play, go outside, etc.
Most times they bounce off each other well, but there are times when one doesn't want to be bothered and they get up and move away, go hide, go to me, to another room, their bed, litter box, whatever. Thing is if they act out and swat at the one that is pestering it might be misunderstood for "game on!"

I see evidence most mornings. Something goes on in the night that involves a little action LOL. I know there are times Sadie will try to get on my bed and Belle believes the bed is solely for her so you have one of those little sibling tiffs and they scrape and roll till they roll off the bed and fall on the floor. Then they both run out of the room. LOL

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 11:58 PM
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Sometime the jumping and holding at the neck is a display of dominance. It can be a little alarming to witness but as long as it doesn't escalate I would remain calm and not throw fuel on the fire.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-29-2013, 01:04 AM
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My two behave like that sometimes- my boy has a lot more energy and is interested in playing more often than my girl. She has to keep running off to find new places to nap while he keeps pouncing on her to play. When I'm home and see it, I will try to distract him with a toy, but I'm sure it happens plenty while I'm away at work during the day. I bet if your boy was pushing mama cat to her limit, she would really fight back, but it sounds like hissing and running away is working good enough for her right now. Mine make awfully scary noises (growling, hissing, screeching) when they are chasing each other, but they have never done any actual damage to each other.

I saw your other post and it sounds like he is in the minority of cats who don't sleep 23 hours a day LOL. I don't think he dislikes you or mama cat- I think he just prefers more stimulation and adventure than hanging out at home, especially if he grew up outside. I wouldn't worry about their behavior as long as no one is getting injured.
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