Siamese Jealous of a kitten?? Help!!

by Brooke Jeter
(Charlotte, NC)

About a month ago my boyfriend and I rescued Charlie, a beautiful lilac point 1-2 year old male. He was wondering around the campus of my boyfriend's brother's university, looking rather skinny, and did not have a chip so he came to live with us! Charlie is a sweetie, he talks to us, sits on the couch between us or stretched out on the floor nearby, and sleeps on the bed. He would climb into our laps and pur and rub up on us in the mornings, we fell in love quick. Then, one day Charlie the apparent escape artist decided to run out of our apartment fast as lightening... We searched for hours and were devastated that we couldn't find him. He had never been outside our apartment...

Thankfully the next day a neighbor spotted him, and had seen our signs, our baby was home! We then came up with the idea to get him a friend... hoping that a friend would make him happy and less likely to try and sneak out. I searched for a female siamese and found a 3 month old Lilac point kitten (she may be a lilac lynx in my opinion). She was a rescue as well, narrowly escaping being put down before her foster mom saved her. She is a little ball of love and cuddles, a very LOUD little kitten who follows me everywhere and is never more than a few feet away unless she's running around playing. Charlie never hisses or growls at her... For the first few days he would just watch in fascination, mostly ignoring us.

Now he has moved on to playing with her, which she enjoys until he gets too rough. He seems to eventually always try to bite her neck which she protests very loudly. Only once did I see her submit, and then he seemed to try and get on top of her in a way that did not look right... I clapped and he ran off.

Usually when she or I runs him off he makes this chirping trill noise, sometimes will go in another room and howl for a moment. I don't entirely understand what's happening with them... She is a bossy little kitten herself, she will try and eat his food, and he will let her if I don't intervene!

I hate how rough he is though... not sure what I can do to make it better, I try and fuss over him but he often walks off after a brief petting making it difficult... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I miss Charlie... he never sits on the couch anymore, and still sleeps with us but he's not half as affectionate and chatty. Btw I have had Pippa for a week and a half.

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Nov 30, 2011
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by: Brooke Jeter

Right... I guess it just seems aggressive, he'll even try and do it while she's sleeping...I'm just a worried mom. Im not going to leave them alone unsupervised until she's bigger. How long does it normally take for them to work it out?

Nov 30, 2011
by: Amy F.

This rough play is just the two of them trying to assert dominance over each other. Cats will do this to figure out who is the pack leader or the follower. It is totally normal, and they will work it out between the two of them. Each cat that we've had has always seemed to want less attention from us once we got another kitten. I find that to be normal behavior as well. Give it time...he will come around!

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