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09 Dec 2004

Kitten Behaviour
Hi,
I have 2 kittens, A male who is 9 weeks and a female who is 7 weeks. The male is very playful and he never gives the female a chance to do anything. Hes always chasing her and biting her and because hes a bit bigger she cant really fight back. She ends up in a corner hiding from him. I have now seperated them as she is getting hurt. He doesnt even give her a chance to eat or go to the litterbox.
Will this behaviour change?
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CyberVet
cybervet

01 Jan 0001

Hi Neebash
I would recommend you have the male kitten castrated as soon as possible - ask your vet - as this may help to tone down his dominant behaviour, or at least prevent it getting worse. Spay the female as soon as possible too. Separating them for a few hours at a time is good (perhaps at feeding times), but I suggest you allow them together for the rest of the time or they will never learn to live together. Make sure the younger cat is healthy and that she is not getting your attention by acting the victim. Don't pay her attention when she hides, but just ignore her and take him away from her. Wait until she comes out, to give her attention. You can try squirting him with a water pistol when he gets too rough, but remember that she will probably also get wet, so be careful with this type of punishment. You need to get the aim and timing right. Give them at least two litter boxes so they can each use one. You can also try putting him in a crate or cage for short periods (20 minutes) while she walks around, eats, uses the litter tray in the same room, while he is watching. Brush or rub them with the same brush or cloth so their scents mingle.
Karen Gray-Kilfoil
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