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As you know, I only got Dizi a week and a half ago (October 4th to be exact) and as mentioned on some other threads, Sasha seems to be warming up quite nicely to the little guy - however, something slightly strange has been happening this evening... The hissing and growling has stopped, but now Sasha is stalking him, then when he runs towards her she runs away, but when he is not looking she will approaching him and swipe him / "slap him" a few times... I don't know the exact terms for what this is called... it doesn't look like her claws are out when she does this, but she gives him such a fright that he hisses at her, and because he's cheeky, sometimes runs after her and she bolts off! To me, it doesn't look like aggression, but I am also not 100% certain. It seems like they are playing, but they still run away from eachother. Like I say Sasha has stopped her cussing and seems to have accepted that Dizi is now a part of the family, but this behaviour has only happened this evening... I'm not sure if this is good or bad.

I keep Dizi in his "safe room" while I am at work, and only when I am home do I let him out... Sasha is everywhere he is... if not stalking and "slapping" him she is lying and watching him with dilated pupils and ready to pounce any minute... but he doesn't take any notice of her, until she actually pounces... so... all in all... I'm very confused... is this fighting / irritation or is this playing?

One more thing, when Dizi approaches Sasha, she puffs up her tail and walks side ways, as if she is making herself seem bigger... but she's done that to me since she was a little baby whenever I approached her - and it was always a game when I mocked her about it... this is why I t hink she is playing... she also twitches her tail when Dizi walks away from her, and from what I've read that is a sense of how "goosepimples" feel to us when we get excited or happy or thrilled... whatever... I guess you will understand what I'm saying?

Its just I really REALLY want my little chubbies to get along like a house on fire... I suppose it will just have to do if they just tolerate eachother... but at the same time I'm greedy and want them to be big fat chubby CAT PILES!!!!

Thanks in advance!!!!
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Aww...this is all perfectly normal cat behavior. They like each other fine and are just trying to figure out how to play with each other. Cats usually have an internal ranking system, so they have to work out who is top cat (I think Sasha will keep that post, actually )

All the behaviors you describe are normal "play with me" type behaviors. My cats are all the best of friends and do all those kinds of things with one another.

One of their favorite Games is one I call: Chase Me Chase You. Two or more can play this game. One cat will chase the other through the house, but when they come back the other way, the chaser has become the chasee.

Often Jennie (who doesn't like to run much) will get into the Game by crouching behind a box. She will wait until the runners go flying by then she reaches out and swats at them, hissing and growling and swearing to beat the band.

Sometimes one of the runners will hide around the corner and as the other runner comes tearing through, will pop out and Tumble the other and they roll across the floor in a wrestling match.

One of the most delightful things about these Games is how gentle the big cats are with Queen Eva, the baby. They seemed to understand right from the start that she is littler and not as sturdy and strong as they are, and even when they Tumble her I can see how gentle they are being.

The puffed tail and sideways dance is definitely an "I want to play" posture, and one of my favorites. My Mazy cat does that with me.

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Aww...this is all perfectly normal cat behavior. They like each other fine and are just trying to figure out how to play with each other. Cats usually have an internal ranking system, so they have to work out who is top cat (I think Sasha will keep that post, actually )

All the behaviors you describe are normal "play with me" type behaviors. My cats are all the best of friends and do all those kinds of things with one another.

One of their favorite Games is one I call: Chase Me Chase You. Two or more can play this game. One cat will chase the other through the house, but when they come back the other way, the chaser has become the chasee.

Often Jennie (who doesn't like to run much) will get into the Game by crouching behind a box. She will wait until the runners go flying by then she reaches out and swats at them, hissing and growling and swearing to beat the band.

Sometimes one of the runners will hide around the corner and as the other runner comes tearing through, will pop out and Tumble the other and they roll across the floor in a wrestling match.

One of the most delightful things about these Games is how gentle the big cats are with Queen Eva, the baby. They seemed to understand right from the start that she is littler and not as sturdy and strong as they are, and even when they Tumble her I can see how gentle they are being.

The puffed tail and sideways dance is definitely an "I want to play" posture, and one of my favorites. My Mazy cat does that with me.
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Thank u so much gail!!! That is great news and I am thrilled! You have just made my night and I think it calls for a glass of red!!!

Thanks a mil

As we speak dizi is curled up on my lap and sasha is chasing moths

Thanks again!!! You've been a great help!!!
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You're welcome Kat!

Cat behavior is a never ending fascination for me. By the way, I meant to ask, do you keep their nails trimmed? I think we may have discussed this before, but it could have been someone else.

Dizi came forever home on my birthday, that's makes him extra special
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I agree, it sounds completely normal! Pixie played very gentle with Sasha to start with when Sasha was tiny, but they go for it hammer and tongs nowadays but don't hurt each other at all. Now Sasha is bigger than Pixie but very deferential to Pixie who is defo alpha cat!

They also play the Chase me Chase you game

All these Sashas are confusing heehee!
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Hehe... Yes these sashas are confusing but so very special

To answer your question gail, I got dizis nails trimmed when he got his shots and planning to get sashas done when I take her to get her 1 year shots.

Shame sasha tried to play with him again but his ears went back and he crouched down... He seemed terrified

I think sasha is just so big compared to him he doesn't quite know what to expect from her

Oh I'm so proud of sasha though - my angel girl!!!
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Sasha is a lovely girl to be so welcoming to her baby bruvver.
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Yes, like I say, I am so very proud of her! This morning when I woke up I went to get Dizi, and put him on my bed... this time of the day is Sasha's best in terms of affection... she just loves waking up and being petted - and when she saw her little brother she started stalking him and running around the room. There is still no hissing or growling on her part... although when Dizi feels a little bit overwhelmed he hisses at her
I don't blame the little guy though... Sasha is about triple his size

I'm so glad its the weekend... so that I can spend some extra special time with them
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I looove the weekends, not having to rush, just snuggling kitties on the bed! Got the day off today so had a nice cuddle with Pixie . Sasha was just mewing at the bottom of the stairs saying FEED ME!!

They're so funny when they're waiting to be fed, they always start tussling on the kitchen floor and cos Sasha is now bigger, Pixie goes up on her back legs like a meerkat to look bigger and they just stand face to face batting paws
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CUUUUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are lucky to have the day off... I so wish I was in your shoes right now! But ITS FRIIIDAY!!! Cannot wait to just relax! This week has been crazy...

And what makes my weekend more exciting is the fact that MY KITTIES ARE GETTING ALONG!!! And a lot quicker than what I anticipated... I was counting on about a month before Sasha got used to Dizi - but WAS I WRONG... okay, I don't want to jinx it now...
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