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RubbishMantra Thu 25-Jun-15 14:44:51

Little Monsieur spent mid morning out in the yard. When I called him in, MCat stalked him, pounced, pinned him down then gave his face a thorough wash. Like a mum-cat. You could tell by little M's expression he was enduring it, rather than enjoying it. A few gentle bites were administered to the scruff, to ensure LM remained still. I didn't realise male cats would have this instinct, as they bugger off after impregnation, and aren't involved in kitten rearing.

MCat also wanders about, doing his mournful "MrrrooOOOoowW" noise if he can't find LM, or thinks he's been asleep too long. And makes a chirruping "Prrrrp!" noise when he's pleased to see LM.

His whole nature has softened since we adopted LM. He'll still have a lightning-quick chomp at me and DH though. But it's no longer a
Does anyone else have nurturing boy-cats?

RubbishMantra Thu 25-Jun-15 14:47:04

But it's no longer a twice daily occurrence.

favouritewasteoftime Thu 25-Jun-15 14:55:08

Yes, I have one like this. He mothers the younger males, licking and grooming them. I'm not sure if it's some kind of dominance play - better to groom than to fight? It's very sweet to watch though.

chockbic Thu 25-Jun-15 14:56:23

Jack is quite loving toward me. That's when he's not ripping shit out of my arms.

He seems to prefer pheasants to cats though. Has a bromance going on with one. They sit on the lawn together.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 25-Jun-15 15:34:55

If grudges count then yes.

If not then no.

cozietoesie Thu 25-Jun-15 16:57:30

With the possible exception of The Lodger, all of my boy cats would have watched any other cat being hung, drawn and quartered with an interested but pleased grin on their faces.

So - No. I wouldn't say I've had (or have) nurturing cats.

code Thu 25-Jun-15 17:11:06

Mine are like one of those lovesick touchy feely couples that you want to kick. They are always together, draped over each other or calling for the other. They give each other a good wash of the head and ears and mouths (kissing with tongues, yuck). They also grab by the scruff when washing. When one gets into a fracas with a neighbouring cat the other goes to rescue him and consoles him if they've had a to-do. Because they're my furry boys I go "ah aren't they lovely". If they were people I would make vomiting noises at them.

code Thu 25-Jun-15 17:12:54

Ps mine are brothers and they don't seem to want to make friends with other cats (hence all the rolling around with neighbours cats) so it's quite sweet that your non related two are like this.

RubbishMantra Thu 25-Jun-15 21:04:53

MCat just watched fondly as LM chased something with either a) very tiny wings and a big wriggly body, or b) something that has had its' wings disintegrated by LM's gentle patting. He was particularly enthused when the poor thing kept furtling into the spaces between the flagstones. I looked away for an instant. MCat now looking smug, LM frantically searching for his crawly friend.

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