My older cat seems a little confused....we have two cats an 11 month old male and a 5 1/2 month old male. The older cat is definitely dominant in most areas of behaviour, he has the best spots to sleep and the kitten defers to him in all areas EXEPT when they are both eating their food!! I put both food bowls down at the same time and separate them to other sides of the kitchen. They both start eating, the kitten looks up and comes over to the older cats bowl and literally shoves his head in moving the older cat out of the way. The older cat just lets him, stops eating, and waits for him to finish before he restarts. If i'm on hand I always move the kitten back to his bowl straight away and he then happily finishes eating from that bowl!!! Is my elder boy just being a sweetie? is it standard behaviour for an older cat to allow a kitten first nibbles? Is he taking on the role of mum? and is the kitten just thinking the grass is always greener when going for the older cats bowl? There isn't a problem, all is happy in the house hold and no aggression is shown I was just interested is this standard behaviour?