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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-11-2003, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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play or what?

I have had my male cat (Milo) for about 6 years now. I have had him since he was a 2 months old. He is just a plain orange taby. He is the most tolerant cat I have ever met. I can play and play with him and he hardly ever gets mad. If he does try to scratch me, he usually will run away. About a month ago I adopted a small calico female (Martini). She took her time getting use to Milo, but now they seem to get along fine. Except for one thing. Sometimes Milo will not stop playing with her. He will tackle her and play bite her. When Martini has had enough, she sometimes has to really show him. By hissing and growling loudly. He just does not seem to get the message. She knows that he is the boss of the house. He will listen to me if I tell him to stop. But I have to do it repeatedly sometimes. Even spraying Milo with a water bottle that can mist water on your plants. Am I just being to impatient with these two? I just want them to get along well.
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Snuggles our first cat was not very friendly when we first introduced our second cat twinkles. Now my two cats are the bests of friends, but snuggles seems to find it to be necessary to prove he’s in charge on an almost daily basis. It’s just a show of dominance. No bad hissing or fighting though. There should never be blood drawn or continuous harassment .. I think it will get better over time. Just keep an eye on them like you have been

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I agree with Catman, just keep an eye on them.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-11-2003, 02:54 PM
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I have a similar problem with two of my three cats. My second cat Cali was really young when I brought home my only male cat, Frosty. She really took to him and was a little mother for him. It was very sweet. Of course, now neither of them are kittens and although she´ll tolerate some play time with him, he usually wants to play longer than she does. So she starts hissing and growling at him which does no good as he´s also deaf! So he usually doesn´t get the point until she play swats him. After that he slinks away only to try to play again later. Unless I see things really getting out of hand I stay out of it. I would do the same if I were you. It will take time for them to get used to each other. It´s never easy to bring a new cat into a home with residing cats but it can be done and the result is well worth it. Patience, patience, patience...
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-13-2003, 02:52 PM
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my cats, sam and noah, were like this (maybe worse) for years! sam doesn't like to play, but noah would basically torment her because he wanted to play. he just didn't understand that he was attacking her, not playing. but now, noah's simply grown out of wanting to play all the time. if it's really a problem, you could play with him more that way he's not as anxious to play with her so much. or try to find a toy he really likes.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-03-2003, 11:59 AM
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You could try distracting Milo when he becomes too much for Martini. Start playing with him when Martini gets fussy, and perhaps he won't push her buttons so much in the future.
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