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Its probably nothing to be worried about but I just thought I would ask you guys for some advice on this.

We have a cat called Oliver who we have had for 12 years, he's an old boy but he's still got alot of fight in him.

Anyway, I was pegging out some washing this morning and Molly came out in the garden with me to have a run around around before I went to work, And Oliver was out there too.

Molly loves Oliver and he is normally quite good with her but sometimes she gets over excited and gets all in his face and he doesn't like it. So I tell her no and she leaves him alone but as soon as my back is turned she's at it again.

Well Kitty decides he's had enough of this and goes strutting over to Molly and bats her straight on the nose. (He has no fear!) She doesn't yelp so I just laugh it off and carry on doing the washing.

But then I look over to her and her little nose is pouring with blood, so I take her inside and clean her up (turns out it was a tiny cut but just bled loads)

This has happened before about 2/3weeks ago, it seems she just never learns that oliver can hurt her.

She now has little scars on her nose where he has scratched her.

Is this ok? I think in time she will learn but I hate to see her with blood all down her little face like that
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If you are worried that either she will harm the old cat, or that her eye might get scratched......you can carry a water bottle out and say leave it (or whatever) when she starts getting too rambunctious and give her a squirt on the hip or ribs. That will startle her enough to break off her intensity with the cat. That is what I do with pups and my cat; my cat only weighs 11 lbs and is no match for a paw slam or rough nip.
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I'm not worried that she'll hurt him, I'm worried that he's going to cause some damage to her nose if he keeps scratching it like that!

He's quick enough to avoid that big dobe paw.
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I'm not worried that she'll hurt him, I'm worried that he's going to cause some damage to her nose if he keeps scratching it like that!

He's quick enough to avoid that big dobe paw.
Spats will happen in a multi-species household ... can you clip/trim Oliver's claws? We have 6 cats and i make sure that the kitties' claws are all nice and blunt and regularly trimmed, so that if batting spats do happen, at least my boy won't get his nose or eyes clawed out.

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