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Does Chica go after Bambi if Bambi is not interacting with her?When was Bambi's first introduction to cats, since she was a singleton? Was she raised in a home with other cats or was it just she and her mom until adoption?Do you own a wire dog kennel 36" or larger, by chance?
I won't lie, you've got a tough job on your hands.One thing you're up against is that Bambi didn't learn from birth how to be a cat and what we often see with singletons is that they will cross a boundary with an older cat (like being too rough or not obeying a boundary) and the older cat will do everything in their power for an extended period of time to set strong guidelines and boundaries for the kitten that they do NOT tolerate disrespect of their boundaries. As bad as you may feel for Bambi, she's likely learning a lesson from Chica that was not enforced when she was younger. Older cats (adults, that is) are seldom tolerant once they are spayed (or neutered, although I find males to be more tolerant than females) of the learning curve that kittens have.Although Chica has gone after Bambi through the slats of the kennel, this is the approach I would take to try to get Chica past this phase. If the kennel is reasonably sized, Bambi will be able to escape her advances and eventually Chica should back off and find something else to do. Without direct contact and lots of it, Chica is going to continue acting like this each time she has a break from Bambi. I would recommend food, water, bed and a covered litter box for Bambi in this kennel (protection if Chica gets carried away). I would also use a coffee can emptied and filled with dry beans OR a bottle of water. If she approaches the kennel for no reason and becomes aggressive, verbally correct her and shake the can or use the water bottle set to stream and aim at her back end. Most cats will get the idea that they need to leave the kitten alone and will obey boundaries quite quickly. If she does not, I can help you further in the near future with zap mats, if they are indicated (seldom are).