As much as we'd like to see our beloved pets as loving nurturing creatures... The reality is that in nature, more often than not, a sick or injured animal is ostracized or even killed off by it's own kind... It's in part a power/dominance thing... But to a large extent it's for self preservation purposes... When they perceive another of their kind as weak.. They don't have the intellect to discern the cause, or odds for survival. What they get out of it is... Something's obviously wrong with him, and I don't want it to happen to me... So stay away from me. Your older cat is just doing what nature programmed him to do... He "smells" weakness, and is responding accordingly. Once it becomes clear that the kitten has your support and is isn't going anywhere, he should just start to ignore her... As she starts to heal... Gets stronger.. He'll start giving her more respect again.
Maybe your older male cat is trying to discipline your kitten, in a way.
They are play fighting with each other.
Well, your male cat probably does not like the kitten because he isn't used to other cats being in his territory.
Listen to the answer from 'dl' she is experienced with this, and how animals react to different situations. As the kitten gets better, the male will come around.
The older cat can smell the antiseptic and/or medication that the young one has come home from the vet with. The older ones that have been at home don't know why the injured one smells so funny to them and seems to be strange to them. After all that wears off, everything should be fine.
Jealousy, it happens to cats too
He is jealous that the baby kitten is going to get all of your attention. Try showing him some love while your kitten is right there but don't play with the kitten at the same time you need to make him feel comfortable around the kitten again.