Paws and Effect

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

My cat was given a vasectomy at a early age. While he cannot spray and he is an only cat he humps thing frequently and we find a small spot on the floor that appears to be just a drop the size of a pencil eraser. For some reason the vet that first neutered him did not remove testicles is beyond me but would having the testicles removed at his age of 3 now stop the attempt to spray and hump things?

~ Jerry

Thomas: Well, honestly, Jerry, we have no earthly idea why a veterinarian would give a cat a vasectomy instead of neutering him!

Bella: That’s just about the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard!

Thomas: And Bella should know because she says lots of ridiculous things.

Bella: Thomas, that’s not nice! *weep* I think I’ll just go hide, now that I know you hate me.

Thomas: Oh, come on. You know I don’t hate you, now stop being ridiculous.

Bella: *wail* Just wait until Mama gets home. I’m telling on you!

Thomas: Silly girl. Come over here and let me give you some love. You know I don’t think you’re ridiculous. Now, come and help me answer Jerry’s question.

Bella: Okay. *pout* But I’m gonna ask Auntie Hannah to give you a spanking.

Thomas: You know she won’t do that.

Bella: A girl can wish, though.

Thomas: In any case, Jerry, if you do have your cat neutered, it should definitely put a stop to the humping and attempts to spray.

Bella: Because your kitty still has his testicles, he still has all those male hormones running around inspiring him to do that — and maybe even to run away and try to seek out female cats in heat, which can be very dangerous.

Thomas: And of course, cats that remain un-neutered are at a greatly increased risk for cancers of the reproductive system, so we do recommend you get him fixed as soon as you can.

Bella: After neutering, it will take about three weeks for all the testosterone to get out of your cat’s system, but once it does, you should find yourself with a calm and loving cat who won’t be humping and spraying and trying to find some ladies to love.

Thomas: Trust me, being neutered is no big deal. I’ve been neutered forever, and honestly, the surgery didn’t even hurt that much.

Bella: We could say lots of things about people who think their cats are going to be depressed if they’re neutered because they’re somehow “less manly,” and all of those things would be in the form of hisses and growls.

Thomas: Long story short, Jerry — give your big guy a few weeks after his little snip-snip, and you should find yourself humping and spraying-free.

Bella: What about you other readers? Have you ever heard of a cat getting a vasectomy? Have you ever had a cat you thought was neutered and then it turned out he wasn’t? Have you had to have a vasectomized cat or a cat with undescended testicles neutered? How did your cat’s behavior change afterwards? Share your stories in the comments.

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