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Male trying to mate as early as 5mo?

This is a place to gain some understanding of cat behavior and to assist people in training their cats and dealing with common behavior problems, regardless of the method(s) used. Keep in mind that you may be receiving advice from other cat owners and lovers...not professionals. If you have a major problem, always seek the advice of a trainer or behaviorist!

  
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Bodrouex

all you need is- love
 
 
Purred: Thu May 24, '12 8:59am PST 
Meowma calls me Boodles or Boody Rose red face sometimes. And even though Rory is Fixed and I am not, we are big buddies and love vacationing together. It helps me because they keep taking my girl friends away, except for the old grannies. But those ones are not so much fun for me, they remember when I was little, and they still step on my head to hold it down and show me who the boss is. I bet I could have made even more surprise kitties when I was a youngun if those old biddies hadn't told on me being bad!
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Egon &- Astrid

Life is made for- loving.
 
 
Purred: Thu May 24, '12 12:20pm PST 
I read a few responses and had to shake my head.

It's not a dominance behaviour. Cats are a little less like humans than dogs are: we're the hierarchical species. Likely, he got caught up in the moment and decided to try something new that his instincts are just trying on for size. Puppies as young as 6 weeks try humping (Trust me, I was the one dissuading the little bugger from doing it) I can't imagine a nearly-adolescent cat wouldn't test it out.

I only know the research for dog-related spaying and neutering. In dogs, early neutering causes growth plates to close wrongly, and also delays the delay in telling the long bones of a dog's body to stop growing, leaving them with elongated and narrow bones. Cats... Well, they tend to hit their adult size (Not weight) sooner than dogs, don't have as many long bones, and I suspect their growth plates have to close earlier to facilitate leaping and climbing behaviours. I don't think neutering at adolescence will delay your dude's growth.

However, you don't actually have to expect spraying. Spraying is not a hormonal behaviour, though it can be driven by hormones. Cats without hormones are just as likely to spray. It's stress-related behaviour. I had Egon neutered at 10 months, he had never sprayed a day in his life, but started some pretty aggressive humping at month 9. I suspect he sensed that the beginning of his sister's cycles were coming, because the week after we got him snipped she went into heat.
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Fluff

Whatever it is,- I can break it!
 
 
Purred: Thu May 24, '12 8:10pm PST 
It's Fluff. I did the same thing to my sister when I was just about 5 mos. old and I got a quick visit to the vet immediately. I now weigh 18 lbs and am about 4 ft from nose to tail so it's a good thing if my growth was stunted! wink

As it is, if I was not such an ordinary looking house cat in my markings, people would think I was one of those Alien Big Cats they are always spotting. There are rumors of bobcats siring litters with feral cats around here and I am big enough to be one, apparently.

It's better to be safe than trying to find homes for unexpected kittens and investigating carpet odor removal systems! Although I am not sure if my sister would have ever allowed such a thing--I still try the position once in a while and she beats the [bleep] out of me when I do, but then we are both fixed. Sometimes our person wonders if those things can grow back, but I won't let her look at me down there! Purrs! wave
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Linus- (Dreamboat- #72a)

So many toys, so- little time.
 
 
Purred: Fri May 25, '12 9:12pm PST 
No, neutering does not stunt growth. As the other posters have said, no need to wait. male cats can sire a litter as early as 4 months. It's precosious, but not unheard of. I heard of a breeder who once had an "oops" litter sired by a 4 and a half month old kitten. As he's starting to show some "male" behavior, I wouuldn't hesitate to schedule his neuter ASAP.
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