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RE: Pesky kitten

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Posted by: PHCurious at Tue Mar 25 09:51:47 2003  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHCurious ]  
   

I agree with Madame Alto. Unless one cat is in danger of getting hurt, I wouldn't interfere. Over time the two cats are going to develop a complex set of rules, and you're not going to be involved in that decision making. Might as well let them learn to work out their differences and start setting the new rules now.

As for the food, it's a general rule of thumb that every cat wants what's in the other's food bowl. Feeding them in separate rooms with a closed door between them is the only real way to keep them out of each other's bowl. However, speak to your vet about it. Depending on your cats' health status and nutritional requirements, you may be able to let them eat from each other's bowl occasionally, or possibly even serve them a mixture of kitten and adult food so that they have the same dinner in their bowls. It's doubtful that a vet would approve this for a 4-month-old kitten, but maybe you'll be able to do it sooner than you might think. Only a vet who is familiar with both cats will be able to give the OK on this, however.

New kittens are just like new siblings. It's part of their job to be the curious and pesky little one always testing the older cat. Sounds like your kitties are simply following the rule book.

Have fun with them!

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