Originally Posted by janemargo
We have a 4 year old male who very vigorously and loudly mates with my slippers, stuffed animals, etc. DAILY. He was adopted feral as a kitten, fixed at 6 months, and is a very healthy active tuxedo. His brother who we also adopted does this sometimes. Is this normal?? He is also very skinny. We named him Romeo. I've never had a cat do this so much.
It used to be that the recommended age for nuetering a cat was 6 months. Now, it seems it's down to as young as 7 weeks. Since your cat was feral, he likely learned some behaviors much earlier than a "sheltered" kitten would. This includes spraying and the sole mission of finding a mate. Male cats in the wild mature sexually very quickly. I too have feral cats I adopted at about 6-8 months old. Although I immediately had them neutered, they were already "fully mature" and so the "spraying" continued for quite a while, even after being nuetered. Over time they settled down more, but one I have is still "in love" with a white kitty stuffed animal I have. It's funny, because he's white and the stuffed animal is a white kitty too, and is almost as big as he is. He carries it around in his mouth, and just won't let it be. All he does with it though is "knead" it. It's really weird, but he likes it so much I just let him have his way, despite the fact it was one of my favorite stuffed animals. :-)