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Hi everyone, and thanks in advance for reading.

Doro and Tiana (male and female) are the two kittens living at home, they both are three and a half months old.

He was picked up from the street when he was around 7 weeks, he is growing healthy and full of energy.
We thought that feline company would be good for him, so we adopted Tiana from a shelter, but her arrival was delayed because she's been sick. She is better now, but has light apetite and still needs to gain some weight.

When she got home last week we made a progressive introduction. When they first saw each other, there was some hissing and he chased her. We kept them in separated rooms, but the following encounters, which also went progressively, were no better.

At the beginning they smell and observe each other, but he quickly starts chasing the female, repeteadly holding her from the back, biting her neck, with signs of dominance (or even mating?). It all starts like a game but turns into something unpleasant for her, with cornering, biting, screaming... The extra problem is their sizes, despite being the same age, his weight is almost twice hers.

When they are at the same room he is 100% focused at her and hardly gets distracted by playing or food. We do not know if he has an agressive intention or he's just playful, but she ends up seeming scared.

Here is a short video of one of their encounters. They are still in separated rooms and we are worried about the situation, because we don't know wether to restart the introduction slowing it down, or to let them figure out things their way.

Would really appreciate any advice.

Thanks again and regards from Barcelona

Marina
 

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First of all, is your boy neutered? Get that done as soon as possible. I would separate the two now into separate rooms. Your girl does not have the strength to fight back, and your boy is being a mean bully with his hard biting. Your girl needs a month or more to gain strength and size, and then must be spayed, as some kittens can conceive at 4 months!! You certainly don't want to burden her with a litter of kittens as this would be very hard on her health. When she has gained sufficient strength and been spayed and recovered from that, then start introducing them very slowly. Follow Jackson Galaxy's very excellent advice on cat introductions---follow it to the letter and don't rush the introduction. Your boy is very bold and a bully, and it could be he will remain that way-----it may be just his personality. My "Fitty Pisky" is like that, 5yrs. old still wants to bully my older almost 16 yr. old cat "Zuba".....at least he stops now when I say "no biting!"...but for several yrs. he would not, and even now from time to time I find bite marks on Zuba's neck. Fortunately, Zuba will only stand so much from him and will bite Fitty back. Most of the time they are good cuddle buddies who sleep and groom each other. Good luck and all the best!

 
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