Cat bites when I play videos of kittens meowing?

by Stephanie
(Québec)

Why does my cat bite me when I play videos of kittens meowing? I was thinking of adopting a kitten, and out of curiosity I tried playing a video of kittens meowing in front of my cat.


I did this before and he'd only search for the sound. Now, he attacks the hand that holds the device I play the video with.

This is probably a dumb question and it was most likely a really stupid thing to do and I regret stressing my cat now, but I still can't help wondering why he'd do this?

He's almost six and not castrated; I never had issues with him spraying and he doesn't go outside so I didn't think it was a priority, but he's getting spayed in two weeks.

Thanks for any answers! And I apologize for being a bad cat owner. :(

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Isolate the kitten
by: Kurt (Admin)

@Stéphanie,

It's impossible to know for certain how a cat will react to the presence of a new kitten. The safety switch is to first isolate the kitten in a room, with no physical contact with your resident cat. Then, follow the cat-to-cat introduction process outlined here.

You'll have to monitor things and make judgement calls about if and when it's safe to have them meet face-to-face.

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Possible aggressiveness?
by: Stéphanie

I see! Is there a possibility then that he wouldn't be as aggressive with a kitten? I wouldn't want to risk bringing a kitten in if my cat really can't handle it.

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He's possibly overstimulated
by: Kurt (Admin)

He's possibly overstimulated by the sounds, and he may be confused or frustrated by hearing the sounds but not seeing actual kittens nearby.

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