We have just finished week 2 of our new kitten introduction process. — I need your help!!!
We are continuing to fall in love with our new kitten. We finally decided that her name is Elizabeth. This is the very first name we picked for her but went back and forth with many other names.
90% of the time Elizabeth and Cornelius are getting along great. There is zero hissing or growling. Elizabeth the kitten shows no fear of the much larger Cornelius and is constantly following him and trying to play. They will chase each other, play, and even sleep next to each other. The four of us can sleep together in the same bed with peace.
However, when Elizabeth is her most hyper and crazy, the two will play together and I fear that Cornelius is too rough with her. He will bite her and pin her down. It doesn’t seem aggressive and Elizabeth keeps coming back for more. But I feel he is just too rough and strong for her at times. Maybe I am just being over protective. She is just so small I would hate for her to get hurt. At times it almost seems like he is trying to mount her by the way he arches his back and tries to bite the back of her neck. This only seems to happen at dawn and dusk when Cornelius is most active. It could be that he is just asserting his dominance and teaching her his role in the home. Or it could be there is some biological urges coming up even though he was neutered at 7 months of age. What do you think? Have you ever had a neutered male try to mount a kitten?
For this reason I am keeping them separated when we are not home. They each have half of the house to roam then when we get home they are together. Maybe this is an over-reaction on my part. I’m just not sure. If she was bigger I wouldn’t be as concerned. What gives me peace is Elizabeth is in no way showing fear or discontent. She follows Cornelius everywhere. They can eat directly next to each other and Cornelius passively lets her steal his food without concern.
I would love to hear your experience of introducing kittens to cats. What do you think of their behavior? Should I be separating them when they are home alone? Please leave your experience in the comments. Its my first time caring for such a young kitten and would love to hear from others.
* the day after writing this post I caught the sweetest moments of Cornelius grooming Elizabeth. Check out my Instagram account to see the adorable video.
For reference, Elizabeth is now 13 weeks old and weighs 900 grams.
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