Originally Posted by leesali
Buster is my male Persian...approx. 2 yrs. old. I did a rescue about 8 months ago, whereas, I kept 2 of the newborns here. Buster was exposed to them immediately...his curiosity was killing me...not him. Her would lick/clean those little newborns so hard that I had to seperate them. They would knead him with their little paws and attempt to nurse with Buster smiling & purring the whole time. Guess he was feeling a bit maternal
I have a couple of boy cats (neutered, of course) who adore kittens too. It's unbelievably cute. But one of my cats ended up having the living snot beaten out of him by one of my foster mamas! It was crazy because she was literally half his size, but she went crazy protecting her babies against what she thought was a threat to them. Once her babies were older and I introduced her to the household, though, they got along fine. So it must have been some hormone related thing.
The big boys are wonderful with my orphans and older kittens, though. They even help me groom the teeny-tiny babies. It looks pretty goofy but everyone seems perfectly happy with the arrangement so I don't complain a bit!