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Older Cat Exerting Dominance Over New Kitten?

We have two cats that are now 6 years old. We introduced a new kitten to the household 2 months ago at the age of 12 weeks. It took a fair while for the older cats to accept the kitten, but now they seemed to have done.

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Only this last week have we started to let the kitten out in the garden. He has been venturing further and further and climbing trees, so all seemed good. But about an hour ago we looked out in the garden and we saw the kitten being held down by the back of the neck by our older male cat. He had his mouth clamped around his neck like we see him with prey he has caught and killed, or more likely when he's half killed it. The kitten wasn't moving and stayed stationary for around a minute. When we approached them the older cat let go and the kitten came running in. Like I said before I have seen him doing this with prey, and usually when the prey struggles, he just tightens his grip. Obviously, we don't want this to happen to the kitten! Has anyone else experienced this?

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By Glenn D.

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February 17, 20150 found this helpful

When it comes to things you really don't want your cat to do, I've found an air duster works wonders. Remove the straw and spray toward, not AT, your cat. He will probably be startled and drop the kitten. It probably won't take too many repetitions for him to learn that you mean business.

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February 18, 20150 found this helpful

I have not heard of this particular behavior. It is a little bit scary. I think it might be a good idea to let the kitten get a little bit bigger before he is outside with the other cats on his own.

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I use a squirt bottle to discourage really unacceptable behavior in my cats. They get the message.

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