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Hi all,

hoping someone can help us with this - we have a 7 month old ragdoll who for the first time over Christmas met other cats(besides when he was up to 8 weeks or whatever with his bros/sis) while we were vacationing, and he seemed to get along fine with them although he was quite aggressive and always wanted to chase the other cats and whack them with his paw which I guess is pretty typical kitten behavior.

However, now back at home, we decided to get another cat so he would have someone to keep him company, and got a year and 10 month old black tabby. She is very affectionate and previously lived with 2 other cats, but so far, the 7 month old ragdoll is intimidating her to the point of her being forced to hide all day from him, for as soon as she pokes her head out from behind the couch or wherever, he sprints at her. Unfortunately, she won't fight back. She growls and spits to keep him away, but will not attack him back/defend herself whatsoever, so she just runs and can never come out.

When we first got her, we isolated them so they'd get each others scent etc. first and all that, but the 7 month old just thinks he's playing and will not stop running at her the second he sees her since she's the new toy to play with. We're wondering if there's anything we can do about this. We yell 'no' at him when he's running at her, but that doesn't work, and it's not really right to punish him for just acting like a kitten is it? The problem is she won't defend herself no matter the situation.

I can't see this stopping until the kitten eventually grows out of being a hyper aggressive kitten. She also seems comfortable enough with our house so over time I don't see her changing her behavior much in terms of the instant backing down and hiding.

Any thoughts? We got the 2nd cat so they'd keep each other company, and we're going away for 7 days in about 5 weeks, so it'd be nice if it would get better by then!

Thanks!
 

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One thing i tried was hitting the sofa im on with a newspaper and shouting no- the noise from that usually shocks them enough to stop. If you have chance enough, when you see hes gonna go for her pick him up and tell him off, then put him down again. I knw exactly how you feel with this situation, my cat pebbles grew up with another cat, when the other cat died of old age, about a year later we got a kitten. The kitten would chase her etc etc pebles would just hiss, spit and run away. A year later and pebbles is still exactly the same, but worse now because even if any of the other cats go near her she hisses and runs :(
In a way the kittens needs your cat to give her a wack and say enough! but from experince i know this wont happen! If they wont get on there isnt much you can do im afriad.

oh one thing i just thought of, try putting sone vanilla sent on the back of thier necks, then they smell the same, but if shes gotten like my cat, even when she sees them she starts hissing.
 

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I think its basically growing pains, but time will tell if they get a long. cats and humans tend to be a lot a like. I think thats why they say women are catty. when someone new comes in, things get a lil awkward until everyone is used to each other and their mannerisms. If they cant tolerate each other, things get really bad.
 
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