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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-15-2015, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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aggression or play?

I have two sweet kitties that I love dearly: Moocher and Patches. They are both about 12 years old, but have only been living together for the last 3 years. Every now and then Mooch gets a bee in his bonnet and starts chasing Patches around. Patch hisses at him and he eventually quits. Last night I saw Mooch revving up to chase but instead landed on Patch's back and bit him on the back of the neck. I don't know if he's trying to play or trying to be mean. Patches is a semi-feral cat who is finally adjusting to life indoors, so he doesn't need anything to make him skittish.
I have 2 questions-is this play or agression? and how can I make Moochie stop? If I clap or make a loud noise it might discourage him, but I don't want to make Patches uneasy or scared in the process. What's the best way to keep both my kitties safe and happy?
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Play or aggression? I would say both, maybe play one time and aggression another. Often the neck bite is a behavior to show dominance. The "bee in the bonnet" behavior is likely boredom...."let's see if I can get something going here". As long as there is no bad biting (no blood) or screaming to the point where Patches is becoming afraid of Moocher....scared to move much to go eat or use the litter box, I wouldn't concern myself too much. It's pretty much normal behavior when boredom sets in. So you might think of enriching their environment with a new cat tree, new toys (only put out a new one at a time), an empty cardboard box with some round holes cut into it so they can stick in their paws, some interactive play with them, with a fishing pole type of toy....."Da Bird" is a good one that most cats like. If it looks like Moocher is about to chase Patches, you could distract by throwing a paper/foil ball or one of those spiral thingies.

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very helpful, thanks!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-18-2015, 09:44 PM
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mouthful of neck

Sundance use to do this to my Pandia. I would catch him straddling her with a mouthful of her neck. One time I just got in from
work and they were on the bed like that and both were asleep. Not sure how long he had her like that. This happened quite often.
When I would catch this I would check her neck and it was wet but no bite marks. Now he is doing this to Dusty. They are played with and I have multiple cat trees and hide outs. Sundance is jealous. If I am doing anything from pets to brushing one of the other cats he gets in between us.
Dus cries out when Sundance does this so I am catching him quick. Unlike Pandi who never made a sound. Dus will just be laying
there and suddenly Sundance is straddling him with a mouthful of neck. Sundance lived with Pandi for years.
Dusty has been around for 2 years. Other than this, it is just normal cat issues in a 3 cat household. Can he harm Dus by doing this even if there are no marks of injury?
Sundance is 10 and Dusty is 18. What is this? How do I stop this? I tried putting lemon juice on Pandia's neck but this did not help. Pandia has since gone to RB bridge. Now I am begining to wonder if this had anything to do with her being sick. She died from neurological issues.
If anyone has any suggestions or experience I would love to hear.
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I doubt Sundance's neck gripping on Pandia had anything to do with her demise....likely the neurological problems you mentioned. Sundance is just one of those cats that like to dominate. I understand your concern when he does it to Dusty who is very elderly and doesn't like it and is protesting. I would be inclined to separate them if you cannot supervise Dusty closely. He doesn't need to be pestered by Sundance at 18 yrs. of age but likely just wants to lounge around and sleep in peace.

Have you tried getting Sundance tired out with a vigorus play session every day? "Da Bird" is a popular toy that a lot of cats like to chase and jump at. A lot of cats like to chase a laser pointer dot on the floor or furniture. Cat videos are enjoyed for the wildlife in them. Change up toys, with a few out at one time, a cardboard box with holes to poke paws through, a cat tree near a window that has a birdfeeder, or looks out on a sidewalk or area where there is activity. Hope some of these suggestions have been helpful.

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