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  1. My little, older (she’s 17 now) female is a compact bundle of “I am the Queen.” Most of the rest of the 6 are all younger and bigger and stronger than Kutawnnie. However, none of them want to challenge her. When she pases, there will be a battle royal, as the ginger male and the black male are both alpha. Since the black male has been here longer, the ginger doesn’t challenge him. He just teases him. There are occasional spats, but no real fights.The third male, also deaf is a total goof who loves to tear around the house. At least now that it is cooler. My gray deaf female is a gentle soul, who leaves the disagreements to the others and has her own special area to get out of the way. The little black female (also deaf and scarred) doesn’t challenge anyone-yet. She is built along the lines of Kutawnnie-small square and snub-nosed. I think little Joy will give the fellas a run for their money and end up with the title. I don’t allow any major disagreements, and they all know what the big squirt bottle means.

  2. I had a ginger cat (Danny) who I observed was dominant but in a benevolent leader type way. All he had to do to maintain order in our 14 cat household was to simply approach, stare and maybe smack and order restored. I called him my second in command.

    I currently have an older male who routinely chases a younger female, for what I don’t know. When among the group of 14 (most of whom are deceased now) he was not dominant at all. So as the elder and dominant of 4 four younger I’m not sure if he is bullying, just chasing because she runs easily or simply doesn’t like her. I don’t think it’s because he likes her or desires a cuddle mate, because another young female constantly throws herself at him but he’s not interested.

    Lastly, I have a neighbor who has a young Bengal who he walks on leash. We don’t know the generation removed from Asian leopard cat. She spies my cats at a distance and goes into a prey croutch with swishing tail. She’s even done a little charging. I offered that we introduce them up close but we’re concerned that although the Bengal is only a bit over a year, she might not know the difference between mock attacking and real. I know Bengals can attack others for real, but I wonder if we might be missing an opportunity to acclimate her to accepting others. The only alternative is to keep them separate and never know or give her the chance. Does anyone know Bengals?

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