Expected changes in cat behavior after spaying or neutering

Cat aggression can be minimized by neutering
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Besides the most noticeable advantages of spaying or neutering your cat, like avoidance of pregnancy, and animal population control, there are some behavioral advantages, as well. So let’s take a closer look at what changes you can expect in your cat’s behavior after spaying or neutering surgery.

Studies show, no matter what gender, most cats become less active, more friendly, playful and tolerate handling better. However, the most noticeable behavior changes happen in male cats since all of their sexual behaviors are initiated by testosterone, which is no longer produced after removing testes.

So, some time after neutering your male cat, you may see a decrease in behaviors like urine marking, aggression towards other male cats and wandering around. Since urine marking is the most disliked behavior by male cat owners, most of them neuter their pets exclusively for this reason, and sometimes, may remain disappointed as it does not disappear on a snap.

You can read more about the time necessary for spraying behavior to disappear after the neutering surgery.

For female cats, spaying stops the cat coming in heat, which reduces all behaviors associated, like excessive vocalization, crawling and rolling on the floor. Many cat owners use hormonal therapy to stop their cat coming in heat, however, if such therapy is intended for a long term use, it’s advisable to do the spaying instead, due to severe adverse effects of such medications.

Also, neutering appears to diminish behavioral differences between both genders; thus, when a potential cat owner is undecided whether he wants a male or a female, as long as it is intended to spay or neuter the cat, it must not be the do or die decision.