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Spraying in adult neuter - Part 2 of my quest for a Cornish Rex

post #1 of 20
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Hi all, now I've been spending the whole week making phone calls to Rex breeders finding out about retirees etc. I have made contact with a reputable breeder who has a lovely boy cornish rex, 9 months old - quiet, and therefore not going to be used for breeding.

I mentioned this to another breeder in the vicinity and she was quite adamant that she does not adopt out retiree males as they spray and that I should get a refund from the man if this cat does spray, which in all likelihood it would, having been neutered post-adolescence.

Now I am completely befuddled.

1. Since I am a newbie to male cats having owned females of the species my entire life, is spraying a HUGE problem in male cats?

2. Post neutering, I have read that spraying stops after a few months after the testosterone clears out of the system - or is it an inbuilt habit that never actually goes away- hence you get sprays but no spray smell, if that makes any sense.
post #2 of 20
That depends on the cats.
I know males that are fixed and still spray.
My brothers male sprays even though he is fixed.
You need to ask the guy if he sprays.
I sent my friend the websites you sent to look at.
I do know a lot of other males that spray.
I also know sme that do not.
My husband does not want me to get males after what my Yoshi did in our old place and he was fixed at 3 months.
Have you signed a contract yet?
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
No, have not signed anything... :/

Bweh... so my best bet right now is to get a male kitten who was fixed at pre-adolescence, and is an adult now.

Kitty shelter?
post #4 of 20
Well it depends on the cat also.
Ask the breeder if he sprays.
Not all males spray.
I would go with a kitten over a adult if you get a purebred.
Do you want a Rex for sure?
You can ask the breeder a lot of questions also.
Are you going to see the kitten?
post #5 of 20
I don't know if it's the same in the US, but over here when neutering an adult stud boy they are given a "girly shot" of hormones by the vet to help stop the spraying.
post #6 of 20
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I'm in Ozzytralia too. Oh fantastic. I will ask then.
post #7 of 20
Its a 50/50 chance on spraying with an ex-breeding male. Depends more on how long he was bred/age and if he really was a bad sprayer as a tom.

My tom Cornish Rex never sprayed as a whole cat, so he didn't do it when he was altered.
post #8 of 20
Some adult males that were neutered late spray, and some don't.

I have a retired stud (oriental shorthair, retired quite young) and he has never sprayed, in all respects he is a complete sweetheart, and I am very glad that I have him.

It depends on the individual though, and don't forget that all cats regardless of gender, neutered or otherwise, have the ability to spray if placed in a stressful environment or situation - but the vast majority don't normally do so. Female spray can actually be quite horrible, so don't assume it's just a male thing and the reason you've never experienced it is because you've only had females - most neutered males don't do it either.
post #9 of 20
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Groan, thanks for all the replies, but the breeder advised that it was not a good idea to put my old retired queen 7yo Siberian cat with a roguish 9 month old Cornie as they will fight.

So I guess no Cornie for me.

post #10 of 20
Cornish rex can be extremely tiring for the entire family, whether feline, human, or any other species.

I absolutely adore my Cornie cross and I wouldn't want him to be any different than he is, but he can also be a little ***** and he exhausts us all regularly with his antics! He sometimes has to have a short time out from the Orientals (who are a bit younger than him) because he has a tendency to get carried away and play too rough - it's not fighting so much as rough play, but they don't enjoy it quite as much as he does! They are sociable cats and tend to get on well with others with the same energy levels, but can also have a little bit of a bully tendency towards older or quieter individuals - I don't for a moment think it is in any way deliberate or malicious, they are just very playful and mischievous throughout their lives and often just can't tell when enough is enough!

I think you know your existing cats better than anyone else, and should judge for yourself whether they could tolerate a 24/7 prankster in their midst - because that is the best way to describe a Cornie - they have a really quite devilish sense of humour and will devise all sorts of strange pranks to play on you and your fellow cats. They are so intelligent too, if they could talk they would be the class/office joker.

I love my Radar to bits, he is only half Cornish Rex but my goodness he is a real handful! If you have very quiet and sedate older cats, it may not be the best mix, they retain kitten energy and troublemaking throughout their lives. However if your older cats have a bit of get up and go and like to play a lot it could be a good match.
post #11 of 20
IMO any of the more active oriental types (rex, oriental, siamese) tend to do better if you at least get two of those breeds together. They would also fit well with Abys, or Oci's too.

That's one reason we have 2 Ocicats. We have a mixed breed, but she is not as active as the boys are.
post #12 of 20
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Yeah my Sibby is laidback.

So Cornish Rex + Abyssinian is a good mix?

What about the Korat?

I will be attending a cat show next month to check out the breeds... maybe I will come home with a couple of furballs.
post #13 of 20
Korats are more on the quiet side - similar to the Russian Blue cats.
post #14 of 20
Very, very few Korat breeders here so probably won't see one at a show. What state are you in?
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Not from the States

Korats are quiet? Hmm... heard the contrary

Anyhoo... I'll build up my database of potential cats so that I can add to my family of furballs wisely in the future.
post #16 of 20
I know you're not from the states. I said which state are you in? I'm in SA
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
sorry everyone assumes I'm from the States

post #18 of 20
You need to go into your "profile" and put the country you are in - that will help when we answer
post #19 of 20
Siberians are incredibly adaptive to new cats. It would take some time for her to get used to a younger active cat but I have had plenty of Sibis living with Ragdolls, Cornish Rex and many many families with Sibis and bengals.

Was your girl adopted to you as a kitten or as a retired breeder? Most retired breeders having lived with active kittens and other hormonal cats tend to do good with other cats. She might be better off with a matey. Who was the breeder of your girl? Its a small world lol.
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
yes yes it is a small world
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