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post #1 of 10
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When an adult male is neutered. How long does it take for the male hormones, that make him spray, to leave his system?

Thank you!
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Originally Posted by Catessa View Post
When an adult male is neutered. How long does it take for the male hormones, that make him spray, to leave his system?

Thank you!
Unfortunately once they start spraying, neutering MAY NOT stop the spraying. It often does but there is no guarantee. The very best thing is get them neutered when they are young, before they ever start to spray.

Having said that, normally one would keep a male cat separated from any fertile female for about a month after neutering.
post #3 of 10
Someone on here said now they reccomend keeping recently neutered males away from intact females for 2 months now!
post #4 of 10
Depending on the age of the male cat, the spraying may disappear within a week, or it may take longer. If you have other cats around, it may last longer, since it's a territorial marking behavior.
post #5 of 10
He may never stop. My Brothers fixed Males Spray everywhere even the Sink. I guess they were told old when they were fixed. It also takes 2 Months for the Hormones to leave.
post #6 of 10
Midnight Sun started spraying soon after he showed up at my door to adopt me. He was only 12 or 13 weeks old according to the vet. He got neutered ASAP. It took almost 2 months for the hormones to wear off.
post #7 of 10
I've heard to allow 2 months for the hormones to completely be out of the cat's system. I've also found it depends on age and the particular cat. I've fostered several males who were fixed as adults, one who didn't spray at all after his neuter, one who sprayed twice, but not again, and one who sprayed all over my apartment, but not in his new home. Go figure.
post #8 of 10
Most adult males don't spray after being neutered but it could be a few months before everything is out of their system. Its still a 50/50 chance on them spraying.

That's why its much better to get them done early (like 4-6 months old) before they learn they are a tom cat !
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you, I had heard it was two months but wanted some confirmation.
Sounds like the spraying or not may depend on the personality of the cat and how much they felt they needed to spray to maintain their territory before neutering.

I have heard intact male spray is stronger before then after he is fixed. For those who have experienced both from the same cat, is it true?

I have met two different males who are intact and one has much stronger scent then the other....the less stinky one was a dominate cat and didn't spray very much at all. The stinky one is submissive and only sprayed when he was feeling insecure. That is why I am asking for responses from people who have had the same cat go through it. There can be differences from one cat to another.

These are not random domestic cats but show cats at a responsible breeders.



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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Most adult males don't spray after being neutered but it could be a few months before everything is out of their system. Its still a 50/50 chance on them spraying.
If it's most....then it really can't be 50/50, can it?
post #10 of 10
Well most cats don't spray after being neutered. I see what you mean - but meant it as in any male cat that has sprayed in the past - its a 50/50 chance whether he will continue after being neutered.

Does that clarify ????
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