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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well we've finally decided it was time to get another cat. We have one spayed female about a year old, and she really seems to want a friend. So we went to the humane society and fell in love with this one year old male. Unfortunately he is not neutered yet. So, we're getting him neutered tomorrow, and introducuing him to our female on Wednesday.

Does anyone have experience with neutering a cat when it was a little older? I've heard that if they sprayed when they were younger, they may still continue to spray even after their neutered? Is there anyway to avoid this behavior?

I've never had a male and a female cat at the same time before, so I am not sure what to expect with regard to marking territories and litter box behaviors.

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!
post #2 of 13
My Jacob was neutered at 1 year old and has never sprayed. If he's never done it then there's a good chance that if neutered now he never will, but I would check with the shelter. I was a little concerned about adopting Jacob for that reason as he had a brief career as a stud cat, but my fears proved groundless.

I wouldn't let it put you off if you are interested, ask the shelter about it. Spraying is usually to claim ownership in areas where territorial boundaries are in dispute, so if he hasn't sprayed in the stressful environment of the shelter with the smell of lots of other cats, it's unlikely that he's already got into the habit of doing it.

Any cat, male, female, entire or neutered/spayed can spray, but in neutered cats it's usually due to perceived territorial stress (neutered indoor/outdoor males will often spray at the end of the garden if there is a cat living next door but would never dream of spraying indoors) so the risk of him starting in a new home can be greatly minimised by using Feliway to ease his transition and keep 'new home stress' at a minimum.

post #3 of 13
Some males might spray, but the majority won't after being neutered. So I don't think you'd have a problem.

Do the normal introductions, have 2 litter pans and separate food dishes. Females tend to take longer to accept a newcomer, but its quicker with a male then another female.

Give him his own room with litter box, food/water for a few days or a week or two. Then slowly introduce them. Sprinkle some cornstarch baby powder on both and rub in or use the vanilla extract trick on their chin and base of tail.
post #4 of 13
Did you happen to notice how his cage smelled at the shelter? Ours are built in such a way that if they're spraying, you'll know it.
post #5 of 13
It depends on the Cat. My Brothers male is fixed and he sprays everything. My Yoshi would try to spray but nothing came out. He did pee all over our apartment though. Cocos Son Midnight is fixed and has never sprayed at all.
It really depends on the Cat.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
His cage didn't smell. Well, not anymore than any other cage where their litter box was right there! I guess I am not too sure of what it actually smells like, as I've never had a male cat spray. (Is it urine?)

I will check with the shelter, but this kitty is so adoreable and playful (he was joyfully playing with his cage-mate, who was a female). So we're definitely taking him home, and hopefully it won't be an issue.

Thanks for the tips on stree-free introductions. I'll definitely try to make it as calm of a transition as possible.
post #7 of 13
I would love to see pics of him.
post #8 of 13
If he sprayed, you would know it! It is MUCH worse than urine
post #9 of 13
My cat was spayed while having surgery for something else recently, and he is 1 1/2yrs. He hadn't been spraying and he hasn't after surgery. As far as marking it's rare that if he didn't spray before surgery that he will after. There is about a 50% chance that if he did spray before surgery that after surgery he wont. If he sprayed I am sure you would have smelled it at the shelter, it is urine-but it is far more potent than regular urine.

Good luck with your new pal!
post #10 of 13
I am sure you would smell it also. When a male sprays it smells very bad.
post #11 of 13
Male cats have a smell that is very distinct. Had he been spraying, there's a good chance the shelter would have had him neutered. Their urine will also smell kind of strong for a few days after being neutered, but it usually disappears pretty quickly. I've never had one spray after neutering, but I've heard of it happening.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks everybody... you've all been so helpful.

I'm sure he'll be just a wonderful kitty!! As soon as we walked by the cage, he poked though at us and wanted to play, and he was so gentle when we held him. Our hope was to find a kitty, regardless of sex or color, that would be as playful and friendly as our kitty Typo. She loves to play and fetch and talks a lot! So I think the new one, who's name is "Zorro", will fit right in and keep her company! We had another kitten who died in April and ever since then she seemed rather lonely, so that's why we finally decided to get her a playmate!

Anyways, here's the only pic I have... as soon as he comes home from his surgery, I can post a better one!

And here's Typo:

post #13 of 13
In my experience even if a male cat neutered he can spray if they are concerned about their territory.
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