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um..they are just playing, right?

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Alright, so I posted earlier today about a new kitten because I'm moving and can only take one cat, and the two I have are very close. Well I think they are very close, but tonight I had a bit of a scare, which is probably my nerves and my over reacting, but I would love to have someone confirm this before I go get another cat when I should be taking one of the ones I have.

I love my cats, they are both male golden tabbies. and they both have their issues (oliver, the oldest (7 years olds) is our "bipolar" kitty, he likes to come purr on your lap and the next moment will get upset for no reason and wonder off, and yoda, the youngest, almost 2 years old and our scary cat who runs from just about everything, he followed oliver into the house one morning at just a few months old (we are guessing 9) and while he is alot better, we think he will always be easily scared from whatever he went though on the street) These two are the cutest things, the little one looks like he could be oliver's baby (though he's not, we saved him from a shelter where he was fixed) and while things were alittle rocky at first, they now love to play (I hope) I've seen yoda (the one who runs from everything) come up behind oliver and jump him, then oliver will turn around and chase him and then wrap his arms around him and start bathing him. Sometimes its the other way around and oliver will start things.

Well the problem is today I was sitting on the bed and oliver had his arms around the little cat, and the little cat was putting up with getting his face washed. All of a sudden oliver started bitting his throat, to the point where the little cat cried out. Oliver, being out bipolar cat, as pulled this on us humans before (the whole licking our fingers and then biting, sometimes hard, before getting up, jumping off our laps and going to the other room) but I've never seen him do it to the little cat before. I tried to pull him off, but he went back to lick the little cat and biting the back of his neck this time....Now I don't usually sit and watch them that close, but I have never heard the little cat cry out before when they play. He is more of the quiet type, very rarely crying.

Should I be worried? would I better off taking the little cat with me? I cant really take oliver, he has a bad habit of eating my books, and my new room mate would not put up with that....I hate to break these two up though if they are still friends, but I dont know if I could forgive myself if oliver ended up really hurting the little cat after I left....
post #2 of 9
i think that's just dominance issues... i see mine do this all the time. in particular, Cable [dominant cat] & Firefox [i think she WANTS to be dominant cat, ] will do it to Pixel - usually in the midst of a mutual grooming session, just like yours.
if there's no blood, you're probably ok.
post #3 of 9
My bossy cat does this to another of my cats quite often, usually when grooming, neither cats have ever been hurt, i even get the odd tuft of hair as well.
post #4 of 9
I have to laugh because if someone who didn't have cats was present in our home they would think our cats are killing each other.

We have only had Harley for 3 weeks but he and Jack are now participating in full fledged play fighting--it makes me laugh so hard. They chase each other, hiss, bite, jump and smack each other. But currently they are sleeping right next to each other.

Does the smaller cat have a place it can get away safely from the bigger cat? Like a box with a hole cut in it only big enough for the smaller cat to fit through?

Leslie
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Thank you everyone forthe replys, this makes alot of sense, oliver is very much the king of the house and little yoda has never tried to changed that, hehe much be why they get along so well.

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Originally Posted by Jack31 View Post
I have to laugh because if someone who didn't have cats was present in our home they would think our cats are killing each other.

We have only had Harley for 3 weeks but he and Jack are now participating in full fledged play fighting--it makes me laugh so hard. They chase each other, hiss, bite, jump and smack each other. But currently they are sleeping right next to each other.

Does the smaller cat have a place it can get away safely from the bigger cat? Like a box with a hole cut in it only big enough for the smaller cat to fit through?

Leslie
Hmm, well he doesn't on a play like that, but he does have place which I have never seen oliver go...since I'm moving I have been collecting boxes and putting them in the spare bedroom, he likes to sleep between them sometimes. He also loves to sleep under my bed, where as oliver is very up a "top of the bed" cat
post #6 of 9
oh good I'm not the only one with this happening! the weird thing is it's pepe who is biting on tiger to the point you will here tiger yowl and we always sternly tell pepe "be nice to your brother".Is he just showing dominance or is he intentionally hurting him?
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oh good I'm not the only one with this happening! the weird thing is it's pepe who is biting on tiger to the point you will here tiger yowl and we always sternly tell pepe "be nice to your brother".Is he just showing dominance or is he intentionally hurting him?
i think it's just dominance.
Cable, Firefox and Chip will all do this to my poor Pixel. she always complains... but when she's had enough, she leaves, so i don't worry much about it.
with Cable & Firefox, it usually seems to start w/a grooming session w/Pixel [everybody's mama!] & then devolves into a wrestling/biting session.
Java doesn't do this... but she also doesn't do the mutual grooming or snuggling w/the other cats.
w/Chip, i usually see him chasing Pixel, attempting to bite the back of her neck. it ends when she goes to a higher place where he can't get into the 'proper' position - often the top of one of the cat trees - there's only room for 1 cat up there, especially if one of them weighs 13 pounds & the other weighs 16!
post #8 of 9
You will know when it's "for real,' there will be hair pulled out and hissing and yeowling... They are just working out dominance issues, mine do this alot-it's more of a game for mine.

*wash wash wash* *bite* *wash wash wash* *wash wash wash* *BITE* *RUUUUUUUUN!* Then they get a game of chase going, lol!!!
post #9 of 9
the weird thing is tiger never does it to pepe it's only pepe doing it to tiger whats up with that!
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