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neutered cat/now "humping"

post #1 of 21
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:Please help. My daughters neutered himilayan cat who ws neutered a year or more ago has always had the bad behaviour of shall I say "humping" things occaisionally but has now started to do it to everything and even my dauteres leg. She called the vet but he didn't even have an answer for her. any one out there ever heard of such a phenomonen? In all my cats I hae never heard of such a thing? Any explanations or ways to stop him?
post #2 of 21
Our cat Elmer likes to .. work on.. the blankets once in awhile and he is also missing those important bits. It seems to be there is something about either the texture or smell of a certain blanket (even or especially when washed) that he just can not resist when he is in the mood. It is kinda strange to walk into your bedroom and see a neutered cat trying to make love to a blanket, it had always been our impression that they wouldn't have such a desire after the big snip. Best of luck however, it seems you have quite a handful.. er legful to deal with.
post #3 of 21
Some people will tell you this is a dominance game neutered cats play. We've got 7 cats. 3 boys and 4 girls, all neutered. Two of the boys will try to hump the girls (or each other) every now and then, with neck biting and everything. It does seem to me to be a dominance game.
post #4 of 21
I have 3 cats, although one is a 5 month old but I can already see some signs of wanting to dominate (not romantic behavior but just in trying to control some things.... I think the hormones are beginning to kick in....he's getting nuetured as we speak so we'll wait and see with him. Of my other two, one has never "humped" and the other one...well, he does, fairly frequently...my boys are neutered. Anyway, it does seem to me to be a dominance thing although it is only with the cats and not us so I can't help you there. I tend to just ignore it. My one cat just bats him one and looks at him like he's crazy. And the 5 month old didn't experience being "romantisized" until the other night and I did have to step in as he didn't quite like that. He is such a sweetie and so playful as kittens are but he got quite mad and actually was starting to hurt the one on top of him so I tossed a piece of clothing on top of them and that broke it up. What happened after that I was very surprised to see so am wondering if it is all dominance, the poor cat started humping the air....poor thing. Even my dog, who has been nuetured for years and years...he's 12 now, will every once in awhile get this "romantic" notion. If you're sitting there with your legs crossed and if you're not careful, he will oh so quietly position himself by your foot (and it is quite obvious this is a strategic move) and just stand there with a weird look on his face. He does it so quitely and if you're talking and watchin tv or something you don't notice right away. When we do of course we tell him to move but you have to admit, it is a bit funny. Good luck to you and hope you can figure things out.
post #5 of 21
My parent's cat was neutered when we got him. He's an exotic shorthair we picked up from a shelter. He used to have "liasons" with my stuffed animals on a fairly regular basis. Sometimes I'd catch him in the act and other times I'd find my stuffed cat in the middle of the hallway the next morning. It never seemed to be a dominance thing for him since he ignored my stuffies otherwise. Have you tried diverting his attention with toys etc when he starts it? Or using other methods to distract him? I used to yell at Cleo and it seemed to disrupt his "mood." Good luck with your romeo.
post #6 of 21
Tibby likes to make sweet loving to a couple of blankets and has given Molly a go once or twice....(they are both fixed)

I have not heard of the dominance thing, but that sounds pretty plausible.

Also, I have been told that if the cat has had an experience of this sort before getting neutered, they still remember what to do and will give it a go. I tend to stroke Tibby when he's in the 'mood' and he quickly gets distracted.

I hope you have some luck with your boy!
post #7 of 21
Ok! I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem because I just witnessed Malakai 'humping' my towel and I thought that after he was neutered he wouldnt do that anymore ... I knew it was time for him to be neutered when he started 'humping' my blanket ... Hopefully, he wont do it that frequently because it's rather awkward... I was looking at him like "Put it away, Kai!"... It's like walking in on your children having sex... Since, I dont have children and Kai is the closet thing I have to one it's really weird... eww... LoL Bendito... I thought he'd be over it after the surgery...
post #8 of 21
I'm curious to know about this humping issue too. I'm having the same issue with Kionu.

Before he got neutered he used to hump my feet, or at least try to. If I pushed him off, or moved my feet he would whine and whine and whine. I got irritated with him trying to hump my feet every night so I went out and got him a stuffed animal (named Fleecy). He immeidately bonded with Fleecy and humps him every night. He wrestles with Fleecy and sometimes drags Fleecy to his "sleeping spot" and naps with him. Miko just watches like... . Miko has never done this, and according to my brother, neither has Sebastian. I'm thinking it's just a phase and he'll grow out of it...
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by mikonu
I'm curious to know about this humping issue too. I'm having the same issue with Kionu.

Before he got neutered he used to hump my feet, or at least try to. If I pushed him off, or moved my feet he would whine and whine and whine. I got irritated with him trying to hump my feet every night so I went out and got him a stuffed animal (named Fleecy). He immeidately bonded with Fleecy and humps him every night. He wrestles with Fleecy and sometimes drags Fleecy to his "sleeping spot" and naps with him. Miko just watches like... . Miko has never done this, and according to my brother, neither has Sebastian. I'm thinking it's just a phase and he'll grow out of it...
If someone bought you a blow up doll, you got used to it and bonded to it and slept with it.. would you want to give it up?! God that is a funny story though. I almost feel sorry for the stuffed animal, poor fuzzy thing.
post #10 of 21
Shadow, who is part Hymalayan, does this to my stuffed bear so I asked my vet about it since he's neutered and she said its completely normal! Its just him showing his affection and love for something.. Yes its weird but I just leave him be and he'll come find one of us when he's done or go to sleep.. lol
post #11 of 21
May I suggest that all of you with this "problem" play this tune when your kittie or dog is in the mood. Yes, it is bittersweet, but it will let them know you feel their pain!
Mem’ries,
Like the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures,
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? could we?
Mem’ries, may be beautiful and yet
What’s too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget
So it’s the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember...
The way we were...
The way we were...
post #12 of 21
fixed cats will still do it, its sinful i know, but it happens and i have seen it. how old was he when he was fixed? has he mated before? if he has, he's used to the act of mating and thinks its still possible like common nature. we have 4 cats here all now fixed but the sole male still insists on humping his old partner (cuz they had a litter before...) and my best friend adopted a stud and fixed him but he still humps cuz that used to be his job. either way, its not unheard of. prob is how to fix it when its getting out of hand. only suggestions i have is to scoot him when he is doing it, or the old spray bottle technique. if he humps certain objects, spray them with something unpleasant like a mixture of garlic & lemon juice, the cat will usually get a whiff of this and walk away
post #13 of 21
We may feel uncomfortable witnessing this behaviour but it's certainly not sinful. The cat is following his natural instincts or dominant place in the household.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Cypris
fixed cats will still do it, its sinful i know
You gotta be KIDDING!!!!! "Sinful"??????? Just as cats have no understanding of "discipline" as we humans construe it, they have ABSOLUTELY no concept NOR ANY REASON to fathom "morality."

puhleeze
post #15 of 21
I have 2 neutered males, 8 and 5. The older one has been putting the humping moves on the younger for years. Maybe it's about dominance, but I notice that the behavior is more common during certain times of the year. I have always thought it was just some residual hormones.
post #16 of 21
None of my cats do this but, my SPAYED female dog mounts and humps my neutered male dog. Pearl is seriously confused but but definitely NOT "sinful".

In order to commit "sin", one must be AWARE of sin. Animals simply do not have those cognitive abilities.
post #17 of 21
I used to have a nutered male that Loved the stuffed animals to death lol
post #18 of 21
I love TCS! I did a search for "humping" and feel much better that I'm not the only person in the world with an amorous feline. Mac has just recently started bugging Emma in this manner. He's never exhibited this behavior before and I'm not sure what has triggered it. I'll just be very glad when the "mood" passes.
post #19 of 21
my neautred male elliot always used to hump my giant bear, and always just when I was trying to get to sleep. He stopped fr some reason. My girl kitten like sit too but she doesnt humpy it, she kneeds it and rubs her face on it (I've washed the bear several several SEVERAL times so its nothing gross like what maybe you are thinking) they just like how soft it is My male cat tried to hump my kittens mom and probably will try and hump my kitten when she goes into heat because he's terrirorial and into the "im the big male cat so I hump you " type thing, though at least he's neutred and catn do anything xD its just natural like many people mentioned, cats do it to establish dominance. THey do that licking thing too to establish dominance
post #20 of 21
Shadow does this to my other cats all the time and he's not even the alpha male.The're all fixed, he does it when he gets rowdy and he cant stop himself.
post #21 of 21
Dexter will occasionly get a gleam in his eye bite his sister on her neck & try to mount her. She looks back at him like he has lost his mind....bops him on the head, then chases him around the house.

I think this behavior is residual instinct from when he was still a whole cat...similar to their kitten regression of treading/kneading...which is more acceptable. I need being kneaded as much as they enjoy doing it. It is like taking a tranqulilizer with no side effects except---sweet furbaby love.

Unless you think that there might be a UT medical problem...relax & enjoy this unique behavior of your amazing cat. He is innocent & just doing what cats do.

This is just my humble opinion...I hope that you find answers.
Lei
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