Have you noticed whether cats tend to be more aggressive with others of their own sex? We started off with Male and Female1. Great friends. When they were about 18 months old, Female Kitten2 was introduced. Male quickly became friends with her and their chasing and wrestling is obviously play fighting. Female1 ignored her for a long time. As F2 became older, it appeared that she would try to play with F1 but after a few growls F1 would move off, or chase F2 away. Yesterday it appeared as if F1 was going in for a sniff or nose rub (at last, thought proud Mum!) and then F2 hissed, swatted and ran away (Mum deflated). This is after 15 months! Into all this come kitten Female3, just home for a week. Male is fine with her, but the 2 older girls are hissing and hiding like kitten is a demon! We keep them separate most of the time so they can get used to each other's smells but if they are in the same room, the older 2 evacuate or cringe near the door, even if F3 is in a carrier! Is it a gender thing?
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8/6/08 at 2:07pm