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Kitten won't stop chasing older cat!

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by ichlebear, Jul 28, 2021.


  1. ichlebear

    ichlebear PetForums Newbie

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    We have an 8 year old female cat Dotty and we have a 6 month old male kitten Dex and he is just obsessed with our older cat, he's always wanting to play with her or be near her or chase her.
    She isn't eager to play with him yet as she's still getting to know him and she takes abit of time to get used to new things.
    The minute she moves he sees it as a game and wants to chase her so now she spend all her time in her house not wanting to come out so he now also goes up to her house and just baps her from outside. He just won't leave her alone.
    Abit of background we have 4 cat trees, 3 automated toys, treat trees, wand toys and many houses and Dex is played with before every meal and when he's in a playful mood until he's tired.
    He is an indoor cat and we have tried him on harness but he is an escape artist so that didn't work.
    We have to keep seperating them to give Dotty a chance to come out and use the litter tray and stretch her legs.
    We have tried so many things but we just don't know what to do anymore, has anyone had a similar situation? We want to make this work but we have just run out of ideas and it's stressing us out big time :(
     
  2. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    Not sure he's obsessed with your older cat, kittens of that age have immeasurable energy for play and she simply happens to be there.

    Lots more play with the wand tool, or - even - another kitten of a similar age & energy level for him to play with.
     
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  3. TTouch

    TTouch PetForums Senior

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    Is Dex nuetered? As at 6 months old he is sexually mature so wondering if it may be more to it with regards to him not leaving her alone. If he is he is just being an annoying kitten to Dotty and you are right she needs her own space to relax and possibly more human interactive play with him, which might make him realise that humans can entertain rather than always 'bothering' Dotty
     
  4. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Poor Dotty! She needs your protection! Don't let him go into her safe space and bop her. Distract him with play.

    As well, when he goes to play with her, you distract him and play with him yourself. Kittens need a massive amount of interactive play time. Play with him numerous times a day. Before meals, after meals and numerous times in between.

    Be sure to take time to give Dotty adequate attention as well, even if you have to shut him away in another room for a few hours every day. Just make sure you go in there and play with him! :D

    He should of course be neutered by now, but it doesn't make a difference regarding this issue, he's just being a normal adolescent kitten.
     
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  5. Nicole0789

    Nicole0789 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, I was wondering how is it going? I'm in a similar situation and it's driving me nuts
     
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