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    Two Cat Question

    We recently adopted our one year old kitty's sister and it's the best thing we've ever done. They took to one another after only 3 or 4 days. We are wondering about a couple of things. Can anyone chime in and tell us of their experiences. 1) The two are sisters but the new kitty is taller and sleeker. She is a grazer when it comes to eating. The original kitty is shorter and kind of a chunky monkey. She loves to eat and will finish her dish and then try to nose out the other kitty from her dish. Even though they are sisters is the difference in appetites and size a normal thing in the feline world? 2) New kitty is 'more mature' and quiet and tends to Mother the original kitty. Original loves it but also can be selfish--when she is tired of the Mothering she's likely to chase off the other and keep the perch, etc. to herself. Is this sort of thing unusual?

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    Do what I do...put newest kitty in a bathroom or bedroom with her food, water and litterbox while you feed the others away from her. Eventually, put a babygate in the doorway and feed them on opposite sides of the gate. It'll give them a pleasurable experience while protecting them both if one should get mad.

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    There is always rivalry between two female cats [even kittens and even if (sometimes especially "if" )from the same litter. ] We have had that happen with two females(not related); but have seen it in litters before. The only exception was an older female who tolerated the antics and demands of the younger ones. But usually....
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    Best to start now feeding them separately. Once you have a "fat cat" on your hands, it is very hard to help them lose the extra weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treybabe View Post
    There is always rivalry between two female cats [even kittens and even if (sometimes especially "if" )from the same litter. ] We have had that happen with two females(not related); but have seen it in litters before. The only exception was an older female who tolerated the antics and demands of the younger ones. But usually....
    Not necessarily so. My son's 2 twin girls are littermates and are about 5 years old now. They eat from the same dish at the same time, and I have never seen them spat about anything. They're like 2 peas in a pod! IMO - it's just a matter of each individual personality.
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    Mine has always been a two-cat household. Never had one kittey at a time.

    Currently, the original cat [female] (11 years) was in the house BEFORE the second cat [male] (only 4 years).

    The first cat barely tolerated the 2nd at first. Now, it is a different story. They are inseparable. My 1st cat is a grazer; the 2nd a chow-hound.

    Moral to the story -- you snooze (at the food bowl), you loose.

    Not really . . . I feed the 1st cat "some" wet food in addition to the dry. The 2nd cat refuses to eat wet food -- he ONLY likes dry. So it actually works out quite nicely.
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