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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I've got a cat who has three 7-week-old kittens (accidents). I also have a neutered male. She attacks him almost every hour (not play, full-blown hissing, chasing, and biting) for no discernable reason.

if he runs ANYWHERE she is right behind him with her nose in his rectum and attacks him the instant he stops.

if he goes to eat, she hisses at him (not heirarchy, where she makes him wait till she eats first. she just frightens him off and walks away). i've begun taking him to a closed off room to feed him.

if one of her kittens bounces up to him playfully, she attacks him.

if he appears to have a pulse, she attacks him.

He never initiates, never retaliates, and never makes a noise back. He just runs away and tries to dodge her claws and teeth.

I've been told to let them work it out, but it does not even seem to be a "them" thing so much as a "her" thing. Half the time, he's just laying there, sleeping (or just lounging) and she'll run up, hiss, and shred him while he runs off, bewildered.

also, she is drying up (her teats are nearly flush with her body). however, rather that wean them, she is constantly waking them up to suckle them (almost every time they go to sleep she wakes them).

I suspect that she is going back into heat (she gets spayed in 2 weeks). Could this have something to do with the spastic behavior?

Why does she constantly attack him, and why is she constantly waking her kits to suckle on her near-dry teats? Doesn't that hurt somehow? You'd think that she'd just let them sleep, as they need it.
post #2 of 15
she is just being protective of her kittens..

I really think she is going back into heat... and that maybe she feels he rkittens were just born again??

things like that can happen...

Female cats will chase off toms, neutered or unneutered, because they fear he will kill their kittens....

like in lions.. male cats may kill young that is not theirs, in order to make the mom go into heat again, so they can spawn their own litter with their genes...

what I would maybe do is something someone else did ..

take a large, long tube sock, and cut off the ends... then fit it over her body so it rests in the middle of her body, covering up her teats... she may then try to get them to suckle, but they wont be able to..

also. .you should relaly start weaning them! I think six or maybe five weeks was when you should have started

But I am no kitten expert..

so yes.. she is most likely just being very protective of her kittens...

she sounds like a good momma
post #3 of 15
She's likely attacking because male cats (she doesn't know he's fixed) are a very real threat to kittens.
Intact toms have been known to kill kittens to bring females back into heat.
I would keep her and her family seperated from him until all the babies have gone to their new homes, then reintroduce them.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
She's likely attacking because male cats (she doesn't know he's fixed) are a very real threat to kittens.
Intact toms have been known to kill kittens to bring females back into heat.
I would keep her and her family seperated from him until all the babies have gone to their new homes, then reintroduce them.

This is where the true problem lies: we're keeping the kittens...
will she ever stop attacking him?
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Could someone PLEASE answer my question?! She attacks him even when the kittens are nowhere around. Will she ever stop attacking him, as we are going to keep them (the kittens)?
post #6 of 15
i'm sorry, nobody has responded, (glares at gayef) in my experience, once the kittens are grown, she will no longer attack the male. ie when they're past the age that they can leave their mother which is 12 weeks

oh! and when the kittens are weaned, spay her, then she will most definitely stop.
post #7 of 15
Mama is trying to protect her babies, if she is doing this while the kitties are not around she is still responding in a defensive manner. This will last for a bit longer, once the babies get a bit older and more firmiliar with there suroundings it should come to a stop. Also as the member above me posted once the babies old enough its best to have her fixed.

It is all a protective behavior issue. Her sences are extreemly high and she is letting him know to back off.. No matter what.
post #8 of 15
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CommonOddity042
Could someone PLEASE answer my question?! She attacks him even when the kittens are nowhere around. Will she ever stop attacking him, as we are going to keep them (the kittens)?
I am sincerely sorry I missed this - I hope you will forgive me. I offer no excuse other than to say that life keeps me hopping and I must have overlooked your post.

This sounds like protective behavior to me. I think it will more than likely fix itself with time once she is spayed. It may be that you will have to go through the process of reintroduction again after she is spayed. If she is still acting protective and attacking him a month after she is spayed, then try segregating and reintroducing.

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Originally Posted by Aurora151989
i'm sorry, nobody has responded, (glares at gayef)
You are glaring at me? I am up to my neck all over these Forums and you are glaring at me? Come on Aurora, that's just not right. I do the best I can do with the time I have and I don't think I really deserve to be glared at.
post #9 of 15
(quickly apoloziges) I didn't realize this, i hope you can forgive me, (puts on a i'm sorry face)
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
she's scheduled to be fixed next week. hopefully, she'll stop after that, but if not, i'll take your advice ...thank you. don't glare at gayef...gayef's not omnipotent.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042
... don't glare at gayef...gayef's not omnipotent ...
*tongue in cheek* Yes I am!
post #12 of 15
You dare to glare at gayef- you go through me first!

Sorry the moderators are not omnipotent and able to be here 24/7. We do try and answer questions as soon as we can, if we are able to-

I would keep the male away from the mom and her kittens, until mom is spayed and she has calmed down. She apparently believes he is a threat to them, and you are courting trouble by allowing them to interact like this. Once she has been spayed, she will calm down in a few months and by the time the kittens are 12 weeks old, she will start to lose her protectiveness for them. In fact, she may just start to resent all of them.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by hissy
Sorry the moderators are not omnipotent.
Oh, so then I am really not omnipotent? Bummer.
post #14 of 15
Well just keep trying my friend- you might make it!

Aurora, I see where you apologized- so I will too. I didn't mean to spout off like that-
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by hissy
Well just keep trying my friend- you might make it!
Yeah, that'll happen. Right about the same time donkeys fly.
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