My two 17 week old boys are laying next to me on the sofa. One is much more outgoing compared to the other. Danger cat (Jalapeno) keeps swiping his brother around the face. Terry occasionally opens an eye and has a feeble go back but keeps flicking the end of his tail which of course Jala goes for. I am a bit worried that they will hurt themselves or each other. Part of this playing means Terry keeps dragging himself away and sliding off the sofa and hitting the deck. I think the falling off does more to dent his pride than brains, but should I be concerend or pleased that they are honing their agression skills agains the neighbourhood cats?
Nah, it's how they learn how far they can push it. Unsocialised kittens tend to make very scratchy cats! My 5yo cat wasn't particularly well socialised when I got her, but was properly put in her place by my (now deceased) other cat. She now knows not to use her claws to tell off the bunny...
My 2yo boys have some spectacular fights, but neither has ever done any damage to the other - at least I blithely assume that it's been other cats that have done the damage when there HAS been some. [hm] They're forever smacking each other across the face, and one specialises in rabbit kicks, but I've had a good close look (feeling brave) and they don't put their claws out.
Ooh, I'd quite forgotten - mine had a proper falling out once, which was completely different to the playfighting. It mostly consisted of them glaring at each other and hissing if they got to close. I think they slapped each other a couple of times but mostly it was just psychological warfare ('twas horrible).
Ooh, I just remembered - Mango had a showdown with an interloper once. It was proper cut-the-atmosphere-with-a-knife-stuff for about 20 minutes before they went for each other and I chucked a bucket of water on them! Nothing like the little indoor spats
Yes when they mean it you can tell, there is low level menacing deep grumbling with constant staring eye contact. A real sense of intimidation. They do it to interlopers. My old cat was a master of intimidation. I never actually saw him fight but he won every bout.
That's OK then. The nastiest it's ever got was when dangercat refused to come in one night. When Terry met him him in the morning it was all arched backs and sidling toward each other hissing. Once Terry had caught Jala's scent it was all OK..
Mine are always stalking each other and biffing each other about. I've only heard the occasional yelp, usually from the younger one if he's had to be put in his place, mostly though they do it just to play.
They've never hurt each other and get on very well; mainly it's just being boistrous. They thunder around the house up and down the stairs chasing each other too.
There's no hissing or flat ears or growling though - that would mean they were being serious.
(Like the cat names being mentioned here btw![smlie])