Male Cat Behavior
The Affects of Neutering on Male Cat Behavior
Unaltered male cats roam in search of a female cat in heat.
can take them far and wide and across roads regardless of the volume of
traffic and the associated dangers.
A Tom can detect and follow the scent of a female for over seven
miles and the chances of him becoming injured on his trek, not only from
traffic but also from other males, are high.
Another consequence of this male cat behavior is that Tom can easily become lost.
In the excitement of the expedition he takes no notice whatever
of the route he took and can find himself bewildered as to where he is
when the night of passion is over.
Meeting other male cats often means an affray.
Bite wounds to
intact male cats can develop into abscesses that require veterinary
can become infected with viral diseases
that prove fatal to the animal.
Fighting is a behavioral trait in all cats, but the presence of
testosterone in the un-neutered male is a cause in the development of
Neutering can have a marked effect upon the male cat’s desire to
Neutered (altered) male cats do not have the need to seek out
females in heat, they do not have a psychological sex drive and so are
more content to stay within a much smaller territory.
The younger the male cat is when neutered, the less likely it is he will develop highly aggressive behavior.
cat’s aggressive behavior
is also likely to be substantially reduced following neutering.
Unaltered tom cats are extremely vicious and ferocious in defending
They will not only attack other un-neutered males that have
encroached upon their empire, but other pets and wildlife too, sometimes
including large dogs.
This unsociable behavior is highly
undesirable, resulting in all sorts of nasty injuries, and can so easily
be curbed by sterilizing.
The younger the cat is when altered, the more probable it is that
these behaviors will not develop. There is a possibility that sexual
male cat behavior will have already become habitual with older animals.
Unaltered male cats are very likely to
spray (urine mark)
both indoors and out, the smell of male cat urine is particularly
unpleasant and very difficult to get rid of.
Neutering will modify a Tom cat’s behavior, but will not much change his basic personality.
Neutering will reduce or end
spraying by around 85% of male cats, but a small percentage will continue this
behavior even after neutering.
Any cat, male or female, neutered or not can spray, for various
reasons, but intact male cats have a powerful hormone driven urge to
mark their territory.
Male cats that are un-neutered often pay little attention to
grooming, showing an unkempt appearance and often a matted coat.
male cats will keep themselves clean and be far better turned
An altered male is much more likely to act harmoniously with any other cats you have in your home.
Neutering will modify much male cat behavior, as set out above,
but will not much change a cat’s basic personality. A playful cat will
remain so, an independent cat will still be just that after altering.
Neutering will not in itself cause a male cat to gain weight, but the
cat will roam less and may be generally more sedate so his diet may
need to be adjusted.
The surgical procedure, the removal of the cat’s testicles, is a relatively simple one.
Talk to your vet.
There are many good reasons for getting a Tom altered apart from
modifying male cat behavior.
It cuts out the risk of testicular cancer
and reduces the chances of other health problems. But the best reason of all is that each year
millions of kittens have to be destroyed because they are unwanted.
is not only the spaying of female cats that will end this tragic
situation but also the neutering of Tom cats.
Male Cat Behavior.
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