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Growling and Hissing while playing?

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As I mentioned on another thread, I just recently got a younger cat in my apartment and finished introductions with my formally single cat. Things are getting better over time but every now and then they still get in a wrestling match or a chase that involves my older cat on her back and growling or hissing. But, I checked on her today during one of those incidents and both cats seemed relatively calm and even sniffed my finger in the middle of it before another jump, growl, hiss routine. So, I thought that maybe I've been mistaking these growls and hisses for anger all along and maybe this is just her way of playing with another cat? I am being completely far-fetched here?
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It sounds like they are fine. My cats used to do that all the time. It would usually start out as a lick fest and progress to a little wrestling and then they would go their seperate ways. It was rather humerous.

One of the two would approach the other and proceed to lick them, then the lickee would try return the favor and they'd both get upset that the other one wouldn't stay still. They'd try to hold each other down and lick them which progressed to rabbit kicks and then the chase and tackle. Eventually one would give up and they'd go do something else. They never used claws but the did like to bite each other. It never got outta hand though and neither one ever got hurt.
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These cats are confusing me. They still get in loud tussles involving my older cat growling but they never seem too concerned after it's over and still lie down near each on the floor. The fights are loud and the chases seem dramatic but I guess they're nothing to worry about as neither cat is too stressed soon after?
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My cats do that too, but it's the kitten that growls and hisses. Cooper is 15 lbs and Pouncer is 2 lbs. What happens is Cooper will sit on Pouncer and pin her down. She's growl and hiss while nipping at him. Then Cooper will let her up and walk away, and she'll run UNDER him, flop over on her back and grab his legs, and then they start all over again. It's quite funny!
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Originally Posted by lukewarmth
As I mentioned on another thread, I just recently got a younger cat in my apartment and finished introductions with my formally single cat. Things are getting better over time but every now and then they still get in a wrestling match or a chase that involves my older cat on her back and growling or hissing. But, I checked on her today during one of those incidents and both cats seemed relatively calm and even sniffed my finger in the middle of it before another jump, growl, hiss routine. So, I thought that maybe I've been mistaking these growls and hisses for anger all along and maybe this is just her way of playing with another cat? I am being completely far-fetched here?
What you are describing is a normal day in my apartment. 8-Bit and Scratch Fury Destroyer of Worlds will chase each other and wrestle, it usually ends up in one or both hissing and growling.

Here's how I've dealt with it. If it gets too aggressive I will throw a blanket over the hissing and growling pair then cart one off to a room to be by themselves for a little bit. If it's just chasing and hissing I let it go. Other than these incidents the two get along really well, and are sleeping together right now.
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