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    Does your male cat do this?

    One of our cats has a habit of pretending to “spray” certain places in the house. All of our cats are fixed, so he’s never really developed a spraying habit. Yet, he insists on backing up to things and wiggling his tail like he’s spraying. Is he just crazy or do other neutered male cats do this?

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    I think it’s natural because our cat used to do the same thing!

    never mind: our cat used to spray but we fixed his butt and he still did the backing into a corner.

    Spaying and Neutering –

    It’s Not Just About Birth Control

    By now most people are aware of the need to spay or neuter their pets in order to prevent unplanned litters that add to the pet overpopulation in so many places. But there are a number of reasons besides birth control that make it important that these procedures be performed, including, among other things, the health of the pet and the sanity of the owner.

    At first the organs to be removed produce hormones that help puppies and kittens turn into adult dogs and cats. After that they only produce problems. Aside from the obvious benefit of preventing unwanted pregnancies, the reasons given for spaying and neutering fall into two categories – medical and behavioral. The medical problems come later, but the behavior problems usually start fairly soon.

    If not spayed, female cats and dogs will come into season (or heat, or estrus) at about six months of age, sooner for some and later for others, but it will happen and it won’t be fun. She will instinctively know that she has to attract a male to mate with and will have a physical need to do so. It isn’t a conscious decision she makes. She didn’t sit around thinking about it or discuss it with her girlfriends. She just knows that she has an overwhelming need to find a male and mate. Through tens of thousands of years, and numerous biological changes over time, one thing hasn’t changed, the need to reproduce and continue the species.

    If she is not allowed outside, dog or cat, she will cry to get out, night and day. Female cats spray urine to leave a scent to attract males, and if kept inside, will likely spray on furniture and walls. A female dog, if left outside or taken for a walk, will give off a scent that male dogs will pick up a long way off. They will come calling, bringing no flowers and making no promises, offering only a willingness to help out. And they will stay as long as she is in heat. Female dogs often bleed when they are in heat, and can stain furniture, carpet and rugs. Keeping a female dog or cat that is in heat in the home is one of the most annoying and nerve-wracking things that a person can do, and can drive you right around the bend. Too often the solution is to put the animal outside, and the results of that decision can be seen at any animal shelter.

    Male dogs that have not been neutered may never become a problem if they never make contact with a female in heat. That doesn’t mean that they won’t, because some will, but it isn’t automatic. The behavior problems found most often in male dogs are aggression toward other male dogs, and sometimes people, and a tendency to roam. Aggression seems to become more of a problem as the dog gets older, and in some cases, neutering the dog after he has developed aggressive tendencies does not stop them. Neutering the dog before his first birthday will usually prevent aggression from developing. As far as aggression toward people is concerned, it is well documented that a high percentage of dog bites involve non-neutered males.

    Wandering and roaming is natural for most dogs with a curious nature and a need to explore, and they will follow there eyes, nose and ears with little thought to where they are going. That is why they make fences and leashes. Curiosity wandering is not at all like the scent driven, goal oriented roaming of a male dog in pursuit of a female in heat. The best behaved non-neutered male dog can change into another being when he knows an interested female is near, pulling on the leash to get free or attempting to break out of fenced yards. Like the female, he can’t help it. The scent triggers a primal urge to reproduce that he has no control over, and he will want to get to her as long as he can smell her. Neutering will eliminate this behavior over time, but neutering before it happens will prevent it.

    Male cats that have not been neutered are the worst. If kept indoors they will cry and demand to be let out. They will spray urine on walls and furniture to mark their territory and attract females. To say that this spray stinks doesn’t do justice to it; the stench is something no normal human being can stand to be around. (personal opinion) In fact, we might as well be brutally honest – anyone who keeps a male cat that has not been neutered in a home is insane. (more personal opinion) And anyone who lets one run loose outdoors is a jerk.

    Neutering a male cat after it starts to spray will not always stop the behavior. Once they begin to spray, they often continue to do so, even after being neutered. The smell is not as offensive, but it is still cat urine and has an aroma. If the cat is neutered before it begins to spray (usually before six months), he will not develop the habit. Neutered male cats make the best pets.

    On the medical side, male cats’ problems are really about behavior. Unneutered male cats will fight over territory, and they will fight over females. Cat fights can result in nasty injuries, with ripped skin and deep puncture wounds that abscess, leading to costly medical bills. Roaming can lead to attacks by dogs, and that old standby, the automobile, takes its toll. Neutered cats that live indoors lead longer, healthier lives.

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    Yeah, I’ve seen other male neuters do this. I think it’s quite common.


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    Well, he was neutered when he was very young, so he never developed the spraying habit. That’s why it seems weird that he even knows how to pretend to spray. He’s just a little “off” I think. We sometimes find him getting a little too friendly with one of DD’s stuffed Elmos. I think he is in love with Elmo, but I am not sure the feeling is mutual.

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    Good info to know as I am getting ready to have my kittens spayed and neutered. I have had females before….so my male I am anxious about. I want NO spraying whatsoever. Never had it and don’t want to start! They are 18 weeks now.


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    Even our females do the “Mock spray”, LOL

    You should always have a male fixed before they start spraying or they may continue even afterward. (same with dogs, btw) Even females will mark with urine, so males aren’t the only concern. Just more common with males.


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    I have only had male cats before, and they were all nutered, and NONE of them ever did this.


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    Both of the male neutered cats I have had pretended to spray furniture and sometimes us, lol. There has never been any actual spray though, thank goodness. I find it pretty amusing myself

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