Because Kittens are dumb.
That sounds like normal play, but was the Kitten squealing and trying to get away, and does she act afraid of him now? If not there's no problem.Midnight has been a present father and we think he is enjoying it. He likes to teach his offspring things. However while playing with a kitten yesterday - he had her close with his front paws and starting bunny kicking like he does when he has a catnip toy. We stopped him immediately and the kitten moved on to other things unharmed. I've read that this is acceptable play but it concerned us because he may not know his own strength. Thoughts?
More likely they were playing and he just got a little too rough, if he didn't chase after the Kitten and he didn't attack Pumpkin he wasn't intending to cause harm.That particular kitten is not afraid of Midnight. However there was another event today when I wasn't home. My wife was distracted by work call when she heard a kitten scream. By the time she turned around Pumpkin was hissing at and fighting Midnight off. The kitten ran to safety and there was no damage.
When I got home, Pumpkin was snuggled up against Midnight. I thought it might be his frustration on being kept indoors and maybe he blamed the kittens? Or if he just wanted some attention because every moment is devoted to Pumpkin & the kittens. Everything seems fine now but I don't intend to leave them unsupervised.
RE: The mounting behavior: Elvis was always trying to mount our beloved angel Tarifa even though both were/are fixed. Ditto with our angels Nila and Maya, who were brother and sister. I called our vet about this and he laughed and said something along the lines of, "Let him have his fun." I was not happy about this comment, but he was "shooting blanks" as was Elvis, so even though it annoyed Tarifa and Maya, no real harm was done. As long as the neuter operation gets everything, so to speak, all is well, especially if females are spayed! Sometimes it takes awhile for the testosterone to lessen. Sometimes, I guess it's just a lifelong behavior, as in Nila and Elvis.Tanguy had a rough week. He got stung on the mouth by a wasp and he had to go to the vet. He had never been before and was freaked out. We learned during the visit that they were so busy they were seeing us in the euthanasia room! So yeah he was freaked out! He got treated (and carried around like a baby by all the staff when they learned he liked that) but when we went home, his best friend & sister Peanut Butter Cup hissed at him and attacked him! He kept trying to play with her but she was very defensive and it looked like it broke his heart! We re-integrated everyone's scent and they have since made up, but it was very traumatic for him (and us). He went to his daddy for comfort and Midnight welcomed him.
I watched them lay together like this for several moments, until I saw Tanguy stir, then I reached down to pet him - but Midnight stretched out his back paw, stopped my hand, and gently pushed it away - without moving his head from Tanguy's. It was so sweet and thoughtful - he genuinely told me not to interrupt his time with his son. He really is a remarkable creature.
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