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    #21
    Originally posted by Ruth0552 View Post
    8 really isn't that old- I'm surprised the "old lady" cat hasn't given the catten the smack down yet. Or play with her. Does the younger male cat play with the kitten?

    1 year old cats are basically 11 year old boys. Annoying, awkward, growing, don't know boundaries or their own limitations. Is she really attacking the older gal or is she trying to play and the older gal isn't interested?

    I'd consider separating them when you're not home to monitor behavior. The kitten will grow up eventually.
    For this cat it is She is old in spirit, and in body... She has a few long-term health issues and is very prone to stress-related UTIs, so I am a bit more protective of her than say, the middle-aged boy cat who tolerates the kitten's shenanigans. He does play with Tiny-Demon-Kitten a bit, but TDK tires him out quickly. The 8 y/o has hissed and smacked back (which resulted in the kitten smacking back harder) but now resorts to hissing and running away. Right now I am separating her when I'm not at work, and I made a small cubby near 8 y/os favorite sleeping spot in bedroom that keeps her shielded from the kitten.

    I haven't seen a difference yet with the Feliway diffusers.. how many do I need?

    Lord knows, I cannot get another cat.. I feel like three is too many!
    AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012

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    • #22
      Originally posted by beowulf View Post

      I haven't seen a difference yet with the Feliway diffusers.. how many do I need?
      That's a bummer I have them in the places the kitties hang out the most. One per room/area. I think there's a square footage recommendation on the box if you want to get technical?

      Just to confirm, you have the multicat kind? There's another kind for peeing and scratching, I think.

      Multicat is red: https://www.chewy.com/feliway-multic...-kit/dp/121802

      The other is purple: https://www.chewy.com/feliway-30-day...g-in/dp/121785

      I'd tried the original stuff with meh results, but definitely see a difference with the multicat. Can always tell when it's running out...lots more "get off my lawn! Damn kids these days..." hissing

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      • #23
        Originally posted by Simkie View Post

        That's a bummer I have them in the places the kitties hang out the most. One per room/area. I think there's a square footage recommendation on the box if you want to get technical?

        Just to confirm, you have the multicat kind? There's another kind for peeing and scratching, I think.

        Multicat is red: https://www.chewy.com/feliway-multic...-kit/dp/121802

        The other is purple: https://www.chewy.com/feliway-30-day...g-in/dp/121785

        I'd tried the original stuff with meh results, but definitely see a difference with the multicat. Can always tell when it's running out...lots more "get off my lawn! Damn kids these days..." hissing
        I didn't the red... I got the purple... sigh, trundle off to chewy again... I will try two.
        Another killer of threads

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        • #24
          Originally posted by Larksmom View Post
          Well, she growls at Dickens too. Dickens favorite place is near, (but not on) me. He loves to sit on the foot of the recliner. If she is on my lap or above my head, she will growl if he jumps up. When she does that, he immediately jumps down. Dickens was trained up by the sainted Gatsby and hasn't a mean bone in his body. I will not tolerate misbehavior toward him. I do not stop her from growling at Bug. In fact, the squirt bottle is aimed at him far more than her. He has taken to stalking her and attacking with some frequency. She is hiding far more often in a place in the cat room amongst some hanging clothes. I think she is almost afraid now to sit in her open spaces in the living room. When I see him near her hiding space, I do go after him, hammer and tongs. She has started all this, but he is determined to finish it.
          She hasn't started this, Bug did. She also isn't "misbehaving" towards Dickens, she's in defense mode because of Bug and her life before you and she would hiss and growl at any cat that makes her feel defensive. Now she's going to be even more defensive and become frightened about everything because the person responsible for her is now squirting her instead of helping her, don't be surprised if she starts urinating around the house and on things. Instead of squirting her why not reach out and stroke her and tell her it's okay while welcoming and reassuring Dickens on your lap at the same time? Through constancy and repetition she will eventually catch on and Dickens will learn to ignore her growls with your support. When she learns that Dickens jumping up on you isn't a threat she will stop growling at him or it will at least lessen.

          Sorry, Beowulf...this is your thread and I'm sorry for taking away from your issue.
          Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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          • #25
            Originally posted by beowulf View Post

            For this cat it is She is old in spirit, and in body... She has a few long-term health issues and is very prone to stress-related UTIs, so I am a bit more protective of her than say, the middle-aged boy cat who tolerates the kitten's shenanigans. He does play with Tiny-Demon-Kitten a bit, but TDK tires him out quickly. The 8 y/o has hissed and smacked back (which resulted in the kitten smacking back harder) but now resorts to hissing and running away. Right now I am separating her when I'm not at work, and I made a small cubby near 8 y/os favorite sleeping spot in bedroom that keeps her shielded from the kitten.

            I haven't seen a difference yet with the Feliway diffusers.. how many do I need?

            Lord knows, I cannot get another cat.. I feel like three is too many!
            Dizzy 13lbs(one half of the Kittens With Mittens)had the nerve and audacity to smack back at 6lb/6 yr old Ella when she hissed and smacked him for being a pest. She yowled and hauled off and bitch slapped him so hard he took his ass to the next room shaking his head.

            Separating her and giving her her own private/safe spot while you're at work is a very good idea. I'm wondering if that might make TDK more confident as he will be with middle aged boy all day? Maybe it might be a better idea to confine TDK while your at work so that middle age boy and your sweet girl can remain bonded?
            Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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