Neutering toms early removes most of the desire to fight over territory and lessens the tendency to spray. Neutered cats still spray, but they usually do so outside the house and with a much less smelly urine. Neutering reduces the chances of excess excitement during cuddling turning into aggression, and it makes the cat more friendly and interactive which is probably the biggest bonus. Other benefits are that the neutered tom is more tolerant of other cats, more playful with us, and often demands more attention. He has more time to spend playing and interacting now that he is no longer driven to go out on prowl and patrol.
While spaying females does not alter their characters to such an extent, it does prevent the highly active and very noisy problem of ‘calling’. During the period when the queen is receptive to males (this usually occurs twice a year but once started, can go on every few days in cycles of three weeks until the cat becomes pregnant) she will try to let every tom in the neighborhood know she is around. The loud calling generally takes place during the night and owners of more vocal, breeds such as the Siamese need earplugs or exceptionally effective sound-proofing to sleep through such a performance. It is usually enough to convince the owners that they don’t actually want a litter of kittens at all and spaying would definitely be a good idea. Like castration, removal of the uterus and ovaries is carried out very quickly under anesthetic and the small wound requires only one or two stitches, which may be self-dissolving or need removal a week or so later.
Because we neuter them young, they do not develop the potential for extremes of behavior that they would have done as entire animals, but again there seems to be less marked differences between the sexes.
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A strong influence on ‘normal’ behavior is that of reproductive hormones. Most pets are neutered and the cat’s reproductive repertoire does not really enter the human/cat relationship. Cat breeders do keep unneutered cats , but they rarely have unneutered toms as house pets because of adult behavior such as inherent aggression and spraying, which is triggered by male hormones. In addition, unneutered toms naturally tend to patrol a large territory, will challenge other toms and may, in many instances, be injured in ensuring cat fights. Injuries usually require anesthetization due to cuts and abscesses.
A tom will spray his territory more liberally and with a highly pungent urine. Such toms may also become over-excited if patted or groomed and this excitement can spill over into aggression or unwanted sexual mounting responses. He may try to grab the hand that strokes as if it were the neck scruff of a queen, and he doesn’t do it gently. So cuddles and rough-and-tumble games can become a little too dangerous for comfort.
For this reason, most people have their toms neutered, especially if they wish to live in close proximity with them. Neutering early removes most of the desire to fight over territory and lessens the tendency to spray. Neutered cats still spray but they usually do so outside the house and with a much less smelly urine. Castration also reduces the chances of overspill of excitement during cuddling turning into aggression and it makes the cat more friendly and interactive, which is probably the biggest bonus. Other benefits are that the neutered tom is more tolerant of other cats, more amenable and playful with us and often demands more attention. He has more time to spend playing and interacting now that he is no longer driven to go out on prowl-and-patrol. Castration is a very simple procedure that is completed in minutes, and the cat wakes up from anesthesia to carry on as if nothing has happened.
**A cat jungle gym helps take some of the extra energy out of your cats and lets them climb, scratch, play, and sleep.
A traumatic event with a dog will effect a cat for possibly forever. The encounter seems to bring on a complete loss of confidence in its ability to escape and any subsequent threat causes the cat to over-react to the situation. Confidence may return slowly, although the cat may remain fearful of dogs for the rest of its life. Intensive nursing of ill cats may also bring about changes in character. Previously untamed cats after being intensively nursed for weeks have become friendly and loving. It is possibly due to their frailness that forces them to become kittens again with their nursing humans taking the nurturing maternal role. The reversion to kittenhood allows them to relearn their relationship with humans, or one particular human at least. When faced to fight or flight, they find that the threat they have feared from humans doesn’t materialize and that even better, humans will feed them, give them warmth and companionship.
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The first two months of a kitten’s life is crucial for introducing humans and other animals. This is the timeframe where new things can be introduced to the kitten without fear. The more the kitten is handled by humans, the more friendly the cat will be. The more animals the cat is introduced to, the less of a fear factor there is for being around your pets. Observers have found that kittens who have been handled regularly were more inquisitive about new objects and were more willing to approach people than those that had not been handled. Kittens handled between two and seven weeks of age are more friendly than those handled earlier or later.
Do kittens keep these characteristics throughout their lives and remain stable characters after maturity? Do timid kittens become timid cats? Do bold kittens stay confident? The answer to all these questions is yes. Early handling not only serves to socialize the kittens, it seems to speed their development and results in their being less fearful.
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Do you have more than 1 cat in your household? If so, obviously you have seen the different personalities between the two cats. There are friendly, laid back, gets along with most anything and ‘Oh by the way you’re my favorite person’ type of cat, and then there’s the aloof, skittish, ‘I’m afraid of you’ and ‘You’re my favorite person but you’ll never know it’ type of cat. Wolfman is our friendly, laid back cat. While he ultimately gets along with most anyone and anything, he is our scaredy cat. The front door bell, knocking at our door, and vacuum noise causes him to immediately run upstairs and hide. Toodles is my aloof, skittish, ‘you can love on me on my terms’ cat who is very loveable but also very scared. She must have been abused previously because she closes her eyes and shrinks down when you go to pet her at times. She was injured when she was a kitten and walks with a hunch-back. I saw in her early files she fell and damaged her back. I wonder if she really fell, or if someone threw her. So I accept my little Toodlebug just the way she is, and she knows we love her very much. She’s happy, as is Wolfman. They are both loved unconditionally and give us so much happiness and love.
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Does the “friendliness” of the kittens parents determine how friendly the kittens will be? Research has proven that kittens with a friendly father will be friendly as well. Of course, having a mother that is also friendly helps a lot, too. Friendly mothers show their litter how to hunt and solve problems. If left on their own without any problem solving or social skills, kittens will likely grow up to be loners and not be able to solve many problems, and will not show much in the way of social skills. Friendly mothers are a great asset – they not only teach their young how to hunt and kill, they also show them problem solving. In a test conducted with a friendly mother and her kittens in which a cat had to press a lever to get food, kittens who saw their mother successfully complete the test also successfully did so. When left to their own abilities without a mother to show them how to solve the problem, the kittens were not able to solve the problem. If a mother cat is relaxed and shows interaction with the people around her, the kittens will likely do the same. It’s like monkey see, monkey do.
The health of the parent has something to do with it as well. If a mother is undernourished, she will not be one to teach problem solving skills or hunting. She doesn’t have a human to keep her nourished, and she doesn’t have a human to interact with. The kittens don’t see anything happening with mom, so they don’t learn anything.
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It is too simple to describe the relationship as a kitten/nurturing mother one. Instead, it may be more accurate to say that the relationship we enjoy gives the cat the confidence to relax, and allows it to exhibit the behavior we would rarely see otherwise, and which it only revealed to its mother and occasionally to other cats it feels completely comfortable with. I like the kitten/nurturing mother relationship better. There is no competition in the relationship with us. The cat does not see us as another cat but as security and a provider. Cats which are at ease with each other do play, even when they are quite old. However, this relationship is quite different than the one with us. It involves chase, wrestling, and an occasional grooming. If you watch these acts carefully, you will see which cat is higher in the hierarchy by how they play, who chases who, who wins or has the upper hand in wrestling, and who performs the grooming versus who receives it. The stronger cat usually performs the grooming while the weaker cat receives the grooming. However, this is not always the case. Both of my cats do the grooming, usually at the same time. Then it usually turns into an “I’ll groom you and then you can groom me” situation. Quite cute. The most appealing and rewarding of features is when we receive their kneading and purring.
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We keep cats for many reasons. But how does the cat see us, and does it have a range of requirements from us as we do from it?
When our cats are with us, it is usually in “indoor mode”. Safe in their den, they are relaxed – they don’t have to hunt for food; they can settle into accepting warmth, comfort, companionship and food, just as they did as kittens with their mothers. They re-enact the time in their lives when they were most sociable — kittenhood. They demand for attention and cry for food, and most of the time they are rewarded for their efforts. They then respond by purring and are cuddled all the more, a rewarding, positive feedback for both pet and owner. We cradle our cats in our laps like a mother cat would curl around her sucking kittens and their pleasure often spills over into kneading with their paws, just as they did to stimulate milk flow from their mother, and even into dribbling and sucking at skin or clothes. Playing with pieces of string animated to encourage a game, we mimic the role of the mother bringing home prey disabled just enough for kittens to play with and with which she educated them in the skills of hunting.
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Feral means ‘domestic gone wild’. Feral cats are simply pet cats living away from the direct care of man and out of the home. They are not a different species; often they are cats which have been dumped or become lost or are succeeding generations of cats living wild. Feral cats often form colonies, numbering from a few to hundreds, grouped around a source of food and shelter. Docks, hotels, industrial and hospital grounds are common colony sites. They hunt, scavenge, and find enough pickings to survive, and are usually supplemented with food from people concerned about them but who do not have enough room for all of the cats in their home. Some older people ‘adopt’ these colonies of cats and make it a priority to bring bags of food or trolleys of food for them. They will often be afforded the opportunity to pick one up and stroke and love it, while others might allow a stroke to their head while on the ground; others yet will be fearful of humans and will not approach the food until the humans have put the food down and backed away or even left completely.
The cats certainly need the feeders, especially if they have come to rely on the regular meals. The needs and motivati0n of the feeders are usually more complex. Older people are stretching their pensions beyond their own requirements in order to buy food for what they see as ‘their’ cats. That they are needed and depended on gives them a strong sense of responsibility and even love in their possibly lonely life. Sometimes this alone is reason to get up every day.
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From the days of old when a cat could get some milk from the milk maid who hand-milked the cows to the current day industrial milking parlors where safety is a grave issue for the cat, there are still a few traditional farm cats about. Their generations populate the outbuildings and barns and feed on rodents that are not poisonous or where traps are used. Colonies of farm/feral cats do still congregate around farms but are often controlled as vermin themselves, while a favored few may be allowed in the farmhouse and fed as pets, just as they have been for centuries.
Farm cats have an advantage of being outside most of the time, and they run and chase butterflies, explore in flower and vegetable gardens, climb trees, and generally explore until their heart’s desire is spent. In climbing trees they are sharpening their nails and ridding the old sheaths. There is so much activity outside that there is not much of a chance to get bored. It allows a part of them to remain relatively wild, coming and going as they like.
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