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Is Biscotte growing up?

post #1 of 12
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Biscotte and Wellington continue their games and both enjoy a good wrestle (usually on my bed around 6.30 AM). But I have noticed the last couple of days that at some point during the 'fight' Wellington gets hold of Biscotte by the scruff and then starts to straddle her. She just crouches down and stays still. He then gets a strange look on his face as if to say 'What is happening? Why am I doing this?' and lets go. She has not shown any other behaviour but I wonder if she is coming into heat and he senses it. I can't get her spayed for another two weeks (one month after her vaccinations) but she is six months old now so it could happen any time. She is so small compared to Wellington that I still think of her as a kitten.
post #2 of 12
My Captain Steuben puts Ripley in a "choke hold" almost daily...and she's 3 years older than him! He's been trying to wrestle her and "strangle" her since he was only 8 weeks old! To see that tiny little baby trying to pin down Ripley, who was like 10 lbs., and he was only 1.5 lbs, it was too funny!

Actually, what you're seeing, is Wellington trying to show Biscotte who the boss is...it's dominance. And Biscotte is submitting to his authority, when she stays still. It's all a part of the natural "pecking order" that exists in cats that live together, and probably has little to do with Biscotte's sexual maturity. Although you're right, the time to spay her has come...she's very capable of becoming pregnant now, so please keep her indoors. Is Wellington neutered, by chance? If not, PLEASE keep them separated...because she WILL get pregnant.
post #3 of 12
Aww Miss Biscotte is showing her submission!! Yes I agree, that is the type of wrestling pose you are seeing.

But if you have any non-neutered males - keep 'em separated before you have Little Biscotte's running everywhere
post #4 of 12
The dominance theory is very possible. Although, your initial suspicions could be correct. I have an intact girl (long story...she has a terminal heart condition ) ...and the day or two before her cycles start, my boys (all neutered) do attempt some mating type behavior. That's the only time they do...it's always just a few days later that she goes into heat. Then they act like they don't know what to do...which they don't. So yes, keep an eye on her.
post #5 of 12
Hmmm, thats interesting..I wonder if they can start going into heat that early..6 months I mean. That is pretty young still.

Well at least you only have 2 more weeks for wait
post #6 of 12
I agree with the others, Jenny, it may be a combo of the dominance behavior as well as her going into heat shortly- fingers crossed that she doesn't go into heat before you can get her spayed

also, Natalie, 6 months isn't that young at all, member have posted their kits going into heat as young as 4 months I think one of Nial's bengal girls is one of them
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by jennyranson View Post
But I have noticed the last couple of days that at some point during the 'fight' Wellington gets hold of Biscotte by the scruff and then starts to straddle her.
if it makes you feel any better - Chip tries to do this to Pixel. [she just hisses at him & runs away.] she's 9 years old & has been spayed since she was 4 months old i think it's just a 'dominance' posture.
post #8 of 12
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Hmmm, thats interesting..I wonder if they can start going into heat that early..6 months I mean. That is pretty young still.

Well at least you only have 2 more weeks for wait
Oh they definitely can! I caught Rocket and Mica being "naughty" at 5 1/2 and 5 months old respectively. My vet had said no speuter till 6 months old, after seeing this I called him and cried till he accepted to get them done. I was already not allowed to have pets in my flat (without needing kittens too) and there are enough moggies in this world w/o my two contributing to it.
post #9 of 12
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Don't worry, all my cats get neutered at the earliest opportunity! I have to wait with her because I only took her inside a short time ago and the vet won't spay her till a month after her second shots. I only asked because there has been no sign of 'dominance wrestling' before from them, and I do know what you mean. But this morning I was woken at dawn by Biscotte trilling round the house with a sweet interrogative type meow, which she kept up for two hours before falling asleep again. So I am taking every precaution that she does not get out.
post #10 of 12
Boy, Biscotte sure has come a long way!
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Originally Posted by jennyranson View Post
But this morning I was woken at dawn by Biscotte trilling round the house with a sweet interrogative type meow, which she kept up for two hours before falling asleep again. So I am taking every precaution that she does not get out.
I had a feeling Wellington was smelling something special. Good luck with Biscotte.
post #12 of 12
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The poor little girl is so miserable. She is lying on the kitchen table, on my handbag actually, and all the others keep going up to her and sniffing and licking her, They know there is something different. I saw Ellie trying mating positions too! That cat is definitely confused! But Biscotte is not yet trying to get out, thank goodness, though that may come. But I have them two doors away from the open air, though the workmen who are coming and going don't always clost the front door properly, despite warnings.
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