Why is male cat being overly affectionate to kitten?
I have an 8 yr old indoor male cat (neutered) who is always very affectionate with me in particular. We have had a kitten for just over 5 months (kitten now 7 months old) who was spayed 5 weeks ago. Normally my older cat will not have anything to do with the kitten and at time growls, hisses and bats the kitten. Yesterday morning the male cat was started yowling, which lasted all day and was hyper affectionate with everyone including my other two dogs (although he is normally friendly with them). But he is following the kitten everywhere, sniffing her rear end, then I noticed he pinned her down and started licking her face, head and ears. Today he is doing the same thing. He wants to be with the kitten all the time, even snuggling up in the same bed (never happened before, he normally won't sit near her. This is so out of character. He remains very affectionate with me and yowls to be picked up and cuddled. He is also continually purring. I phoned my vet who said this sounds like a 'mental problem, and to just see how he goes. He is eating fine and seems well - just hyper friendly and over affectionate with the kitten. I have always owned cats and have never seen anything like this before. If I didn’t know otherwise it seems like a Tom cat being affectionate with a Queen in season, but I know this cannot be. Can anyone give me advice please? What do I do? Do I just ignore it, as both the cats seem blissfully happy, but it seems too good to be true!!
Many Thanks Sandy
I tend to agree with the vet although I would not call it a mental problem but a behaviour issue.
I have heard of this before but as to what trigger it etc I don’t think it has ever been explained. It may be a smell or perhaps a temporary hormone imbalance.
The kitten is still growing and is probably giving off all sorts of smells as they develop and these smells can trigger certain reacts from other cats. Even male cats can respond in a motherly fashion.
My advice would be to just to keep an eye on them both for awhile and as long as his behaviour does not become aggressive I wouldn’t worry too much. My guess is that this is only a temporary situation.
Best wishes Kate
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