Sat-Sun: 9 am to 4 pm Dogs use exaggerated postures like the play bow to tell other dogs everything after this is a game, and not a serious threat. Natural play behavior can vary slightly from one cat to another, but in general, play mimics the hunt. A cat seeking some pets and love will be loose, with a relaxed body and face. My DS (now 2) was very rough with my cats when he was younger, I just kept using the naughty step and making him apologise to the cat when he hurt one. You know the other cats aren't threatening but he doesn't. As most everyone knows, cats are hunters and that instinct kicks in at a very young age as kittens play by stalking, chasing and pouncing each other. If the older cat doesn’t wish to play, perhaps you can provide soft stroking for the older cat while dangling an interesting toy for the younger cat. When you give your cat lots of opportunity for meaningful, enriching play, their minds and bodies get the activity they need and our scratched up hands and feet get a much-needed break. Cat play is silent. If there’s another cat in the home, it also gives them a chance to hone their social skills with members of their own species. Also pay attention to your cat while giving him attention. If theyre playing, its reciprocal. Cats who play too roughly might simply be bored. Many cats retain this kitten-like behavior well into adulthood. Your cats, chickens, or older dogs probably long for the days when they could go about their lives without being accosted by a puppy-sized tornado. Even pulling away from an aggressive kitty can trigger their hunting instincts. To serve you best, please call our They also like to stalk, chase and pounce on things that move like prey, such as toys with feathers attached to flexible rods that you can dangle and move about. Provide a variety of toys for your cat so that you can determine his preferences. Through stalking, chasing, swatting, biting and pouncing on their siblings, kittens develop their precise hunting skills. If you live with more than one cat, hopefully, they have a good relationship and spend time playing together. Billy is playing, but I’m afraid, too rough. Cat “B” redirects its attention to cat “A” and puffs up and hisses. One is a Maine Coon, named Maze and the other is a regular house cat, named Gigetta. Cats display two different types of play behavior: solitary play and social play. When part of a litter, if a kitten is too rough, mom and the litter mates will let him know with a nip, scratch or hiss. The best defensive move when our cat is too rough is to act like we are hurt; quietly. Do not use toys that teach your cat to play with your hands, such as gloves with balls hanging from the fingers. Anytime a cat displays this type of behavior it should be addressed immediately. Your pet must learn that hard biting that and scratching that causes pain or breaks the skin must never be tolerated. The kittens are just a little over a pound (and when the kittens play together, they are biting each other, too. To me I feel like any biting should not be tolerated. Go to their website and see what they can do for you. It might take a little trial and error at first but once you get to know what your cat loves, it’s easy to get them to engage in play. Anytime a cat displays this type of behavior it should be addressed immediately. It's something that benefits cats, starting in kittenhood and extending all the way through the geriatric years. A tired cat is a happy cat! Feline aggression is threatening behavior towards another cat, human or other animals. If your cat likes to play roughly with other cats, make sure it’s consensual on both sides. please, no walk-ins. Do not physically punish your cat for rough play. They change roles frequently. 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