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Cindy
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posted 05-27-2003 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cindy     Edit/Delete Message
My 2 1'2 year old male Maine Coon cat has begun this behavior over the past month -- he will meow/scream loudly and bite his sister (litter mate)on the back of her neck. He started doing this when we would play with toys -- he seemed to want to have the toy all to himself. Now he is biting her with more frequency (at least once a day) and sometimes it seems for no reason at all -- if she is just in his "space" or maybe I am giving her a LITTLE attention. He gets lots of attention and play time -- he seems to act like the "greedy, king of the world". She sometimes will "fight" back and bat at him, but usually does not engage with him, but runs away. I clap my hands and yell loudly and have even given him a "firm" pat when he does this, but to no avail. Yesterday, after this behavior, I put in him in the guest room alone, door shut. His behavior seems to be getting worse! Any ideas??!! Both ARE spayed and neutered, have been since tiny kittens. Thank you!!!

P.S. Sounds weird, but he has also seems to become more affectionate with me lately -- follows me everywhere, sleeps with me, won't leave me alone! They are indoor cats.

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posted 05-27-2003 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds like your male cat has become jealous and possessive. My siamese has also become like that since the age of about 2/3 with her sister who is also her littermate. However, she hasn't come down to being quite as mean as what you are describing.

I don't really have any solutions as my cat seemed to have grown out of it a bit when we moved into a larger house. She still demands her time with me and will dominate games or toys but has stopped attacking her sister.

Maybe when you play with them, you can keep one seperate and give them each their own seperate time with you. And when they are together, keep a water bottle handy to break up any fights.

Good luck!

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Isis
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posted 05-27-2003 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Isis     Edit/Delete Message
I have three cats, two of whom are sisters. All of them fight with regularity,they bites and scratch with some ferosity. However neither of them are ever harmed except the odd scratch across the nose.

I would say that unless your cats are causing each other severe damage, and believe me you'll know when they are very annoyed at each other, I honesty wouldn't worry for their well being. The male is just asserting his dominance over his sister and this is perfectly normal behaviour.

If it is driving you to distraction the only thing I can suggest is a water pistol but I have always thought this should be a last resort.

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Indy
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posted 05-27-2003 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Indy     Edit/Delete Message
The cats may be developing a new pecking order. Cats will mount each other to show some sort of dominance over the other. It's possible that your male is feeling a little insecure about something. He may also be trying to get you attention to himself if he isn't feeling well. Watch to make sure he's eating, drinking and going to the bathroom as usual.
More than likely it is a dominance thing and he wants to be or wants to keep his topcat position in the household known.

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