King of the Castle

Discussion in 'Sphynx Cat Questions?' started by Melonie, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Melonie

    MelonieSenior Lairian Senior Lairian

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    Jack is larger than the other cats. He is also super mean to them. I don't think he is actually being too mean but he plays really rough. He has also started not letting them be in the cat beds. Just roughing them up. So tonight I locked him in his cage that he was so fondly guarding and now he is calling and calling. He is upset. He needed time out! He was being rotton. I don't know how much I should let him be a brute. I like to let them work it out themselves, but lately he has been a monster. Just always pouncing them and biting them. Never looks aggressive more just naughty. What would you do?
     

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    Is he neutered? If he isn't then he's getting to that age, where biting the neck etc is due to hormones/ wanting to mate.

    Usually, if they aren't too rough, I let them play a little rough if they are trying to sort out the pecking order. They usually calm down when they know where they stand.

    Or he could just be being a kitten, and the others will put him in his place if he annoys them too much.

    Just tell him 'no' and distract him, if he' getting too boisterous.
     
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      He is fixed, but it is a lot of neck biting now that you mention it. But he does it to both of them. He is older then they are! One fights back the other runs. They are all playing nicely after time out.
       
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      Neck biting can be either to pin them down because of hormones/ wanting to mate, even though he's neutered he's still a boy and some boys will try to mate even though they can't physically have kittens (I think Suzi's neutered boy still tries to breed.)

      Or it can be a dominance thing too, and he's as you say, staking claim as King of the Castle.

      Glad things have settled down after time out. :LOL:
       
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        Polar was doing that but he is not has bad now.
        You should see the cuts on Cleo from him.
        I believe he still had hormones because he was trying to mate when he pulled it.
        It should stop soon with Jack.
         
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          My Moody ( my neutered stud ) routinely still mates with the girls. Just no kittens. I thought it would stop, but my vet just chuckles and says that Moody has fond memories of what for him was a very enjoyable activity, so he may never totally stop. He was jsut neutered in February, so maybe it will calm down even more. Vet said something about six months--that the hormones can still be affecting the cat up to six months post neuter??? Was that it? Gosh, can't remember. I always thought it was purely a chemical/instinctual drive, not for pleasure. So, it really doesn't make sense to me that without the chemical his drive would still be so strong. I would lean more to simply repeatiing his prior habitual behavior.
           
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