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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Not sure if this belongs in here.........

We are thinking of rescuing another kitten since our baby passed away last week There is a male kitten and we only have one worry..we are worrying about him spraying. Can someone shed some light to this for me? We've never had a male, only females. He will be the only kitten if we decide to go through with this.

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 12
As long as you get him neutered as soon as possible it shouldn't be an issue. I'd always had a calico and accidentally adopted a little boy. I acutllly though he was a girl at first. Well, we got him neutered just before he was 6 mo. and he's never sprayed.
post #3 of 12
The vast majority of neutered male cats do not spray. I have never had a problem...particularly when they are fixed prior to reaching sexual maturity (6 months of age, preferably earlier).

I am very sorry for your loss.

I have boys and girls and I love them all, but I do have a special bond with my boys. They (boys) do tend to adapt better to having new "friends" later on, should you decide to expand your fur family later.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick replys! I think we are going to go ahead and adopt this little guy. It's just not the same anymore when I come home from work. We need another companion, and I'm sure he needs us. The little guy was just dropped off at a lady's house (my girlfriend works with her). He has 6 toes on both front paws He's adorable
post #5 of 12
Aww... your getting a poly! How sweet... be sure to post pics when you bring him home.
post #6 of 12
I have never had a problem with a male cat spraying as long as he is neutered as young as possible.

I think its wonderful that you are willing to adopt this little guy. I know you are still hurting from your loss, but a new life is a natural response to death and he will help you learn how to smile again.

Be sure to post pictures!
post #7 of 12
Originally Posted by shafer5 View Post
He has 6 toes on both front paws He's adorable

OH YAY!!! You must get him LOL.
And then post lots of pics
post #8 of 12
Sorry about your loss

None of my males spray, but it can happen even with females you just never know. As mentioned neutering early will help.
post #9 of 12
We DID have a neutered male that sprayed. According to my husband (I wasn't around) - the cat was fixed as a kitten. When I moved in with DH (cat was 14 years old) he began spraying different places and objects in the house. That was 10 years ago and we recently got another cat and still got a male. I think it was a chance thing that happened.
post #10 of 12
I prefer males over the females. But have him neutered young if he's a kitten - they can do them now at about 4-5 lbs or around 3 months old - far earlier to stop any thoughts of spraying like a tom.

Charlie was neutered at 3 months old - he doesn't even know he's a male

BTW male or female cats WILL spray if another outside cat sprays. Its part territory rather then sexual. But that rarely happens. Your little male should be fine
post #11 of 12
I'm so sorry about your kitty. You're doing the right thing, though, rescuing another little one right away. No sense letting a kitten go homeless when you have love to give.
post #12 of 12
Male or females (neutered or not) will spray for the following reasons:

1. Sexual (common in cats not neutered)
2. Territorial (both neutered or not)
3. Medical (usually a UTI or cystitus problem - something medical)
4. Too crowded - kinda territorial - if you have too many cats in one area, they sometimes will spray.

For the most part I would say 95% of cats that are spayed or neutered will not spray at all. Stress is probably the #1 reason they do spray

I say go get your new little male kitten - and post pictures
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