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big cat playing too rough with my kitty!

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well everything was all well until last night, nipper and princess were playing in the living room and all of a sudden nipper pounced little princess and knocked her over and scared her. now i yelled at nipper and he ran away after that but im not home 24-7 to supervise this, is there any way to discipline this to where i can stop it from happening? Nipper is 3 years old and likes to play, but hes 18lbs...and a big cat, hes not fat, hes big and muscular and can move quick. they were both playing with each other fine until i seen that. i dont want princess to get hurt and i dont think nipper is trying to hurt her, i just dont think he realizes he can. just now he was chasing her and she ran into a small space where he couldnt get in to. any suggestions?
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We have this problem in my house, but it's the little one attacking the old, cranky one. LOL I just provide lots of hiding places for her. They sleep most of the time when I'm not home, so I don't worry about them when I'm not here. When things get too rough for my liking when I am at home with them, I use a towel to "herd" the offending kitty away from the one who wants to be left alone. If the pestering continues, I give the kitty a brief timeout in a separate room with the door closed. I've found distracting the offending kitty works well, too.
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Chip & Firefox play like this all the time - he's around 17 pounds, she's [at most] 7 pounds. he's never hurt her - cats are more resilient than we think.
if your big cat has his claws, make sure they're clipped - same for the little one. this will prevent a lot of injury.
i think he's probably asserting his dominance, to some extent - letting her know he was here first, so to speak. as long as she doesn't seem to be hurt, i wouldn't worry about it. if she squawks or hisses & he doesn't let up, then i'd be concerned.
post #4 of 8
I agree; let them sort it out. If he gets too rough, she'll seek refuge on some perch he can't reach.
post #5 of 8
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yes you are all right, she seems to know when to hide from him now
post #6 of 8
I'm sure you've heard the saying, "It isn't the size of the cat in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the cat."
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I worry about my baby Oedi when he plays with my big boy Atlas, he is a very large cat and has a mean streak in him to boot but Oedi keeps going back for more so I'm figuring Atlas isn't beating him up too bad. I always tell Atlas to "be nice" but to be honest I'm just so happy that Atlas finally made a friend in the house that I just let kitties be kitties
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I worry about my baby Oedi when he plays with my big boy Atlas, he is a very large cat and has a mean streak in him to boot but Oedi keeps going back for more so I'm figuring Atlas isn't beating him up too bad. I always tell Atlas to "be nice" but to be honest I'm just so happy that Atlas finally made a friend in the house that I just let kitties be kitties
If Atlas were being too rough, Odei wouldn't be going to him, but would be running from him. Cats are tougher than we think.
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