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Old November 26th, 2009, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by diandpat View Post

So this is a bit more like it but it can and does get more intense then this. Love the part where Zig stops to look at the camera

So, if this is "playing" do I let them continue or should I break it up? Her ears are back, she is hissing and growling and I don't think she is enjoying herself

Afterwards, he went back behind the loveseat and sat behind her. She did not move but sort of whined/cried...:confused
OK, I'm still seeing domination, tho Ziggy is a little more dominant than your other 2 videos.. Face it, Ziggy is a bully cat (red tabbies often are) and is definitely getting his jollies out of harassing Zuzu. Yes she's pissed (& hissed!) off at him and mighty annoyed with her ears flattened and yowling, and really wants nothing to do with him going from one hiding place to another.

So the ?, let them continue or break them up? The problem is, yes he's still kittenish, but he may escalate this stalk and pounce to more seious cat fights. I would break it up, as it doesn't take much to break the skin with claws or teeth, and cats can easily get an infection that often isn't detected right away, then it's a trip to the vet for antibiotics...$$$$!!
Besides, it bothers you . I'm the same way and I don't tolerate too rough playing. My two have "play fights" but with claws in and they've never escalated into a serious cat fight. One day one dominates and chases, another time it's the other. I can easily distract them with my voice or redirect with a toy. If this doesn't work for you, give yourself some peace and do the room-juggle routine, or rehome one of them.

As for it will not make him any more aggressive---he is already naturally. I doubt it has anything to do with his early upbringing. I think your vet will tell you what you've already heard here. Catnip actually has the opposite effect. There is initial excitement followed by relaxation. You can give him some catnip to eat.

Last edited by catlover2; November 27th, 2009 at 12:07 PM. Reason: Word correction: "ears flattened" not "eyes"!
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