The information on this page is going to be as unbiased as I can possibly make it. I know most of the content this far that’s published here is sending the same sort of message while mixed in with how the procedure is carried out, the neutering of the male cat and the spraying of the female cat…
It’s understandable that folks will have pets that it just hasn’t been possible to have them neutered/sprayed before they reach the usual cat neutering age.
This can happen for a variety of reasons.
People often adopt cats from various places outwith animal shelters, bring in strays that been roaming the street and show them some TLC or perhaps financial hardship could have played a part as well.
So there is going to be older cats and new pet owners that can get worried after the cats behavior alters from usual after undergoing the surgery.
This is usual.
What can happen quite often is that when the neutering is done on a cat that is usually an outdoor cat, since their hormones are going to change they are going to be a lot calmer. When their calm they will tend to lay around the house a lot.
This means you probably need to have a fair whack of cat litter for their tray as they may or may not go out as they used to.
This doesn’t mean your cats unhappy with you for getting the surgery. It’s just since their much calmer afterwards they will enjoy laying around the house and doing what house cats do the best…eat, sleep and poop.
They will have the spells when they just go a bit nuts. They’ll lie around the house, mainly the bedroom the first chance they get and cat nap most of the day.
Since cats are night owls they’ll often be up during the night when you’re asleep. This is when they will usually get active. Well ours does anyway.
Goes out but straight back in 10 minutes later. Sleeps all day but since we put toys out for her at night a couple of months after she was sprayed she’s all over the house about 3am throwing things around and jumping around her cat tree.
She still has fun playing around and getting up to mischief but now instead of it being outdoors she’s in most of the day and her behavior is great. Sure it took a bit of getting used to the noise but it’s a change we’re happy with. Prefer her being indoors anyway as it reduces the risk of accidents.
Bear in mind though that the cats behavior is going to be different for the next few days after the surgery. Their like big kids and hate the doctors. The traveling’s distressing for them in the carriers and there’s going to be the smell of other animals in the veterinary clinic that will distress a cat as well. Especially if there’s dogs waiting at reception too.
It normally takes a couple of days for them to perk up a bit.
The best thing to do is to give the cat some space. What we found is that while we were thinking she wasn’t herself she just didn’t want petted. She wanted space. I think most of us getting something like that done would be a bit the same.
“Leave me alone” attitude.
There’s a good way to deal with that so that the cat knows that your giving it space and it can come over when it’s ready. Works every time. Even when you trip over them. Done that a few times and that’s another behavior trait you might notice changes after the neutering. They’ll be wrapped round your angles every time you go to stick the kettle on.
How to deal with their shyness first though.
Instead of going to pet your cat as you normally would…if he/she is lying on the sofa or the bed…approach slowly and just sit next to them. Extend one hand as if your going to pet him/her and the cat will probably lean forward to have a smell around your hand. That’s what you want the cat to do. Just to get your scent around him/her as the smells from the vet will have their senses all mixed up.
Saves them associating you as a stranger. Just extend your hand so the tips of your fingers is in front of the cat just enough that it can lean it’s neck forward slightly. It’ll probably lie back down and go to sleep but you’ll probably find it’ll start purrrrrrr…ing soon after it’s more relaxed.
That’s when you know they’re fine.
With an older male cat being neutered he might still spray. When their neutered young it will address that issue but as they get older they get into the habit of it and carry on marking their territory.
Hope that clears up any concerns about the behavior of a cat after the neutering is done. They’ll still be their usual happy go lucky self.
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