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Do kitten behaviours change much after neutering?

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code Fri 19-Dec-14 12:38:37

My burmese boys are coming up to 19 weeks and booked in for op in 3 weeks.

I appreciate its a low risk op and physically they are likely to be fine and recover quickly/immediately, it will lower risk of spraying, fighting, etc.

I just wondered if I should expect changes to behaviour? They are snuggly and lovely. However their mad hours and play fights are quite mental and becoming more so as they mature.

chockbic Fri 19-Dec-14 13:02:04

Mine was done at four months old and he's definitely calmed down. He's less slashy and bitey now but still has his moments.

code Fri 19-Dec-14 13:06:24

That's good to know that they might get a little calmer. We know to keep our feet (and any extremities come to that) well out of the way of their claws and teeth when they're having a mad hour. They are very close with us and each other and I'd like them to stay that way so hopefully the neuter will help.

RubbishMantra Fri 19-Dec-14 13:13:53

Mine is still mad. But he was never really a bitey/swipey type. He just runs around the house at full speed making strange noises, leaving destruction in his wake, or throwing loo rolls down the stairs. Unfortunately he still enjoys humping his bed. He's doing it as I type. Shameless puss.

chockbic Fri 19-Dec-14 13:16:33


RubbishMantra Fri 19-Dec-14 13:26:35

He's just approached me purring his head off, full of post coital bliss. confused

code Fri 19-Dec-14 13:28:31

lol, they haven't started the humping yet but all other behaviours are checked. I think because they rough play and enjoy it they think we want to join in too. I should probably be flattered.

code Fri 19-Dec-14 13:30:43

They are both snuggled on my lap for the last 2 hours (never an empty lap in this house) and are waking up and licking me and each other. Soon they will escalate into biting each others necks and we'll be off again.

chockbic Fri 19-Dec-14 13:35:59

At least they have each other to take it out on fwink

RubbishMantra Fri 19-Dec-14 13:45:14

Have you got some interactive toys, that encourage them to stay away from hands/arms? I recommend this toy so often, you probably think I'm on commission: Flying Frenzy My boys go mental for it. They particularly like the wiggly worm refill.

It sounds like there's a bit of a tussle for dominance. They should become less violent after neutering. That said, my 9 month old and 5 year old still rampage about the house chasing each other and wrestling. It can look quite violent, but it's obvious they luffs each other really. smile

code Fri 19-Dec-14 14:26:08

Yeah I have flying frenzy and all the attachments plus a laser pointer and other dangly things on sticks. I employ them to distract / tire out when it gets too much. They are always snuggled and playing together and if one disappears the other calls for him. They're pretty well matched when they play fight. One is 'in charge' more. No injuries - if it gets too tough one speaks and the other backs off. I just don't think they realise we aren't as tough and it hurts us more. I keep still if they get me and say ow and they do back off but it hurts when you get a claw. They don't bite hard, more of a chew grin

MrsPepperMintonCandyCane Fri 19-Dec-14 14:28:42

Buster is a loon still but without the trying to hump my arm and biting in an aggressive way. It just calmed him a bit. I'd love him to be a lap cat but he isn't sad

AugustRose Fri 19-Dec-14 14:43:40

I'm hoping ours will calm down after his op in about 3 weeks time - he's 15 weeks and a nutter, he can be very bitey and scratchy! He can be calm and cuddly but when he starts he runs around the walls for about an hour a time. He really wants someone to play with him but our older cat (11) doesn't want anything to do with him, she just pins him down and hits him until he gets the message sad

RubbishMantra Fri 19-Dec-14 15:21:46

"she just pins him down and hits him until he gets the message" <wonders if this method could work with husbands> grin

cozietoesie Fri 19-Dec-14 16:51:12

.....still rampage about the house chasing each other and wrestling. It can look quite violent.......

I'd rather have that than the deadly, hate-filled silences that Seniorboy lays down in front of The Lodger. You just know he's thinking about exciting ways to murder him.

They should be fine, code. Neutering seems to lessen any aggression but leave their basic characters intact.

code Fri 19-Dec-14 17:42:25

Lovely, I shall look forward to the de plummed calmer versions. Their little furry dangles look so cute it's quite sad they will be no more. Will stop me worrying about inadvertent castration when they are doing that holding on and kicking the other with the back legs thing though hmm

Moln Fri 19-Dec-14 17:45:22

Mine is still bonkers

He was neutered at the earliest age possible

cozietoesie Fri 19-Dec-14 17:53:14

Nothing to be done if he's basically bonkers, Moln. You'll just have to hope that he gains some gravitas with increasing years - and remember what he might have been like if you'd added hormones to the mix!

RubbishMantra Fri 19-Dec-14 19:22:22

Poor old Lodger. I imagine Monsieur Seniorboy to be a kind of Evil genius. Obviously it won't be so apparent to you Cozie, cos he's your snuffly wuffly purry babby! grin

code Fri 19-Dec-14 19:42:48

Is lodger an actual lodger or is he one who stayed on a'la Rising Damp?

cozietoesie Fri 19-Dec-14 19:50:04

He stayed on. grin

AnotherEmma Fri 19-Dec-14 19:58:40

Our kittens definitely alternate between cuddly and crazy grin They're 4 months old and being neutered in a month. I'm hoping once they can go outside they'll be less likely to jump up onto the dining table and kitchen worktop, and knock over the plants... possibly. #optimistic

abigamarone Fri 19-Dec-14 20:22:14

Ours are still as mad, but there does seem to be a little less of the 'attempting to mount one another' behaviour, and we can leave the house without them attempting an escape every time you approach a door. They were done round about September.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 19-Dec-14 20:26:58

Take tissues, you might get a bit emotional on the drive home after dropping them off.

It'll be fine.

Moln Fri 19-Dec-14 21:27:22

He's not fighty/bitey bonkers cozietoesie so I can live with it!!! I shall always be entertain at the way he hides behind the curtain and jumps out at (not cat loving) DH each morning

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