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befor e we begin i am rudy and i live in england i have read this forum alot over the last few months and so i know this question has been asked alot on here so i apologise for posting it again.

I have a 11 week old kitten (we havent named him just yet) he is all black and long hair. feels like cotton wool to the touch he is a very confident kitten and loves fuss and attention.

I also have a 7 month old kitten called Asterix who is black and white and just been neutered. he is a loving character and very energetic. if anything he has been more playful since being neutered.

i have had the kitten for a week or so now and i have introduced them slowly like i have read before and they have met under controlled conditions a few times. yesterday i decided to let them have a slightly more extended play and it just seems to escalate. at times they seem to be playing and loving a few brief grooming moments and lots of nose sniffing and bumping.

i have seen that Asterix has taken to constantly chasing him and seems to be overly aggressive at times. there is some hissing from the kitten but never from asterix.

Are they fighting or playing? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP-yqwnNYwc&feature=plcp
 

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Hi Rudy...and welcome to the Forum! For lack of a better phrase, your two are doing what I would call “testing the waters”, or “getting to know each other”. They’re not fighting. I introduced my two when they were kittens and, while I don’t have a video, what I saw was much different than what I saw on your video. With my two, there was a lot of squealing, snarling and yelping, and it was a LOT rougher than with your two. These days (three years later), my two play fight, but that too is a bit different than what I saw on your video – primarily because when two cats are playing, they typically take turns being the instigator. For example, Muffs will chase Abby, they will tumble, and then Abby will turn around and chase Muffs. In your video, Asterix was always the instigator and your little guy was always trying to get away and hide.

I don’t think you have too much to worry about. Asterix is likely just setting the boundaries, which is not a bad thing. That said, you do want their early encounters to be a positive experience for the little guy. So, in your shoes, I’d separate them when you’re at work or sleeping, but otherwise leave them together. When they’re together and things get a little too intense for your liking, or you feel the little guy is running/hiding too much, then try to distract Asterix. Perhaps keep a laser light by your side and shine it on the floor beside Asterix, to get her interested in the light, rather than the little guy. With a bit of luck, the little guy will also become interested in the light and the two of them will start to play together. You can also use a wand toy or similar rather than a laser light..whatever is your preference.

They’re both cute, BTW, and I suspect they will soon be best friends.
 

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thank you for your reply. i feel better about it now. they do seem like friends at time im not expecting things to be perfect at first i was just worried thats all.

thanks for the advice and i am sure they will get to know each other soon enough :).

Asterix seems to like having a playmate and he has started to let the new kitten sleep in his bed and so things are looking up.

thanks

Rudy
 

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I watched the video. That is perfectly normal cat play. All is well. :)

They are both lovely.

PS I saw your hand in there....never ever use hands as toys, with cats. It may seem cute when they are small and young, but it is not cute when they are adults. They need to learn early on that hands and other human body parts aren't toys. :)
 

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Welcome to the forum and thanks for a great video of your two lovely kitties. Well Asterix is in the "terrible teens" and does seem to be pretty dominant. What age did you get Asterix? If he was taken from his momcat and littermates before 9-11 weeks old he didn't get too much socialization on how to play nice nice. Tho he isn't putting out his claws by the sound of it, but is giving your llittle black guy some good thumps with his paw. Actually to me Asterix thought he had trapped "blackie" in the little house and didn't figure out how he was given the slip, and then when he saw 'blackie" on the other side of the rooom, he was mad that this little whippersnipper had outwitted him.....so went after him to show him who's boss by giving him a good "whupping". I agree that distraction before he starts being Mr. Meanie is a good ploy.....with a teaser toy, laser light or even a rolled up ball of paper. I wouldn't verbally chastize Asterix when he goes after "blackie" but call him to your attention (initially with a treat) or invitation to play with you. By chastizing Asterix, he hears from your tone of voice that you're displeased with him, and then he's inclined to "take it out" on "blackie". I notice some jealousy with Asterix when "blackie" runs up beside you, so he was mad about that too.
 

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Hi there,

thanks for your replies. I wasn't using my hand to play just stroke and calm him down. but thank you anyways :)

we got Asterix at 7-8 weeks so the bit about him not being properly socialised makes sense. we have been trying to give him more attention than normal. we do have a laser and are making sure that when it seems too rough to distract him ..... problem is the kitten goes for it too and then it starts again.

They have been much better today though only 2 incidents like it and they have both been asleep on our laps.

I think they will be ok. They are both very similar in personality and so i think it might just take a while.

Thanks for your help,

Rudy
 

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Great video! Asterix looks just like my tuxedo, right down to the little black smudge under his chin. I don't know why, but I read 7 months as 7 weeks and thought that didn't sound right. Clearly, reading comprehension is not my strong suit late at night.

I agree with Venusworld. This doesn't look like mean aggression and the little one will get bigger very quickly and be able to hold his own. (They grow up so fast.)
 

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Cute kitties! Mia just turned 1 when I got Mac at 6 weeks old. Mia had never been around other cats as I got her at 7 weeks old and she was an only until Mac. They hit it off right away and this is exactly the way they played (still do at 1 1/2years and 5 months). I was worried at first as Mac was so little and malnourished when I got him but Mia loved to play and mother him too. They are still very rambunctious with each other and are best of friends. Mia really came out of her shell and became a "kitten" again after getting Mac. Neither one is being dominate with the other its just how they play. I love watching them together. :)
 

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Normal for cats to wrestle.

My kitten Gadget, will sometimes go and stay with with someone else who has two cats - Corey (another kitten) and Abbey.

Corey and Gadget will chase each other around and wrestle. They'll then snuggle with each other and the person watching them :)
 

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This is normal. As long as they arnt hissing and growling then its fine. My two youngest play really rough sometimes too. One will pin the other down and kangaroo kick her head. The other will turn her around and bite her neck or something. Then they wrestle and chase each other. I only heard a few squeaks from them from playing too rough in a year.
 

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Agree with the above!!! I have four youngsters and they love each other to bits but they have occasional spats - my sister and I voluntarily live together and we do too!!!! They totally believe they are siblings and even think one of my cats is older their mother!!
 
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