My older, neutered, BIG, orange tabby cat O.P. seems to be picking on Booger, the new baby. Booger has an endless energy reserve and loves to play with all the cats. He is always the one who approaches O.P. They play for a few minutes and then Booger starts crying. It sounds like he is in serious pain. O.P. is a BIG cat with very muscular back legs. When Booger cries out, I scold O.P. who jumps up and leaves. Booger gives me pathetic look for a second or two and then runs right back up to O.P. Should I just let it go and ignore Booger's cries or keep breaking it up? If Booger was really being hurt, I wouldn't think he would go back for more.
He's probably not seriously hurt, like you said, because he keeps going back for more instead of sulking off and "licking his wounds". More than likely he has figured out that if he is "loosing" the scuffle and cries, you will come break it up, giving him yet another chance at "victory".
Cat's play fight all the time. I would definately keep an eye on their little skirmishes, since OP is so much bigger than Booger. More than likely booger will break away on his own or at least hiss at OP if he is really being hurt. Still, it's a good idea for you not to let OP rough Booger up too much until he's a bit bigger.
I like most cats better than I like most people. I'll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter.
That has happened with each of my kittens as I have brought them home. Whoever the next youngest is seems to pick on the new one unmercifully. They appear to be playing but they pin the baby down until she screams. But then I would see the baby starting the scuffle.I would always stop them but then they would go back for more. It seems like an attempt to get you involved in the game too. Since there is such a size difference, I would continue to break it up when you see them. A quick squirt from a squirt bottle should do the trick and then you don't even have to get up and go over to them. But it sounds like OP is just playing with Booger but doesn't realize he's too big for the game.