There are several cats that live in the fields near my parents' house. It all started with one, Bobtail that I had found as a kitten at my apartment. I had it out there en route to a shelter when my dad accidentally opened the carrier. It now lives on their property and has attracted 2 female cats who have since had kittens. We've gotten most of the cats spayed/neutered that we could trap, luckily all of the females. We have a total of 7 now that live on our property. We have two unneutered males, Bobtail and Cletus. Cletus is the sweetest boy, stays around the house much of the time, but Bobtail wants to run him off. He used to not care much about Cletus, but now he corners him and runs him off. Cletus was gone for two days, but finally came back, and now we have him in the garage. It's been really snowy so he's hanging out here with the kittens (we have two 7 month old cats that stay in the garage at night and in inclement weather). We'd like to get Cletus neutered since it would likely keep him from roaming after female cats. I just want to know if this will keep Bobtail from running him off. The vet seems to think that once Bobtail sees him as an enemy, he'll run him off upon sight. But I thought they responded to scent? Even though Cletus is in the garage, Bobtail knows he's around because he's spraying around the deck. He doesn't mind Fuzz, who is our neutered 7-month old. But will that change once Fuzzy grows up? We should've gotten Clet neutered before he became an adult, but he was so docile and Bobtail never minded him. He still never fights back when Bobtail goes after him. I really want Cletus to be able to stay here since it is his home, but Bobtail is conditioned to run off male cats. He ran off his son, Longtail, who found a home at the farm next door. We are probably going to go ahead and get Cletus neutered now that we have him here, but will things change? I wish we could keep him indoors, but my cat is very difficult and detests just the smell of other cats. I plan on moving out to an apartment again soon, so maybe my parents can move him indoors then. He is a very sweet boy, the friendliest cat I've ever seen. I don't want him to get toughened up by being chased all the time. I'm afraid he'll start fighting and get harmed. Will things change once he is neutered?
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2/20/08 at 5:03pm