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Will neutering change my kitten's personality

post #1 of 13
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I have 3 kittens, 6 months old, that are being spayed/neutered on Friday.
They each have their own little personality traits. One of the males, over
the past month or so, has become very "loveable". He loves to climb up
on my shoulder and snuggle. He loves to lay across my lap and have his
belly rubbed. I wish the other 2 kittens were more like him in this regard.
They will let us hold them, but after a few minutes they're ready to move
on to their next adventure. Sox will usually stay in my lap as long as I
will let him.

I'm wondering what kind of changes might we see in the kittens personalities
as a result of being "fixed"?
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by KatsDad
I have 3 kittens, 6 months old, that are being spayed/neutered on Friday.
They each have their own little personality traits. One of the males, over
the past month or so, has become very "loveable". He loves to climb up
on my shoulder and snuggle. He loves to lay across my lap and have his
belly rubbed. I wish the other 2 kittens were more like him in this regard.
They will let us hold them, but after a few minutes they're ready to move
on to their next adventure. Sox will usually stay in my lap as long as I
will let him.

I'm wondering what kind of changes might we see in the kittens personalities
as a result of being "fixed"?
I didn't notice any changes in mine whatsoever. I have two, both neutered at 6 month, and stayed exactly the same as before.
post #3 of 13
No, it will not change their personalities, it will make them better pets.
post #4 of 13
They will change in a few respects. They will lose their wandering bug, and be less aggressive (the males). But it is the right thing to do getting them fixed.
post #5 of 13
Hissy, you're right on the money about this...

In addition, spaying/neutering your kitties at 6 months (a perfect age for this) will prevent them from developing bad habits like spraying, as well as those other *undesirable* traits related to sexual maturity in unaltered adult cats.

As for personality, they will just get more lovable with age, one they establish a close relationship with you over time

Best of luck with your 3 babies! They sound awesome!

Cheers,

Jenn, Mik & Lex (my 2 Russian Blue kitties)
post #6 of 13
None of mine changed their personalities with being spayed or neutered. In fact, it is usually the opposite. They change their personalities from their lovely kitteny behaviours when they become unaltered adults. Neutering them helps to prevent them from developing the mature reproductive traits that do alter personalities - aggressiveness, territoriality, desire to mate, etc., and virtually ensures that given the same supportive and nurturing environment they have always known, they will remain the same loving, adorable and friendly cats.

Kathryn
post #7 of 13
My little boy Da-Ku is the most lovable cat in the world. He lets me hold him until I want to put him down, purrs like a motor the second I touch him and snuggles with me under the covers ride at my side or in my neck. He was like this before I had him neutered at roughly 12 weeks (I got him free from a pet store who only required that you buy a toy to get a free kitten ), and is EXACTLY the same now. Fortunately he was so young and never even began to develop any of the crazy male cat behavour like spraying and agreesiveness and trying to get out.

If anything they will change for the better.
post #8 of 13
i just had my little girl baker spayed (shes actually 2 and a half but shes still my little girl ) She wasnt the nicest girl before she was spayed. She didnt like to be held, didnt want you to pet her, nothing. She came home from being spayed and I can hardly tell who she is. She snuggles now and likes to be held, purrs, sleeps under the covers with you, etc. She is such a sweet baby now. Being spayed is the only thing i could come up with that changed her. Maybe your little guys will become love bugs too!
post #9 of 13
Oh an dI forgot to mention. My boyfriend has a female cat from the streets and she was horribly mean and gave some major scars and bites. You couldn't hold her and hardly touch her. As soon as she recovered from the spay, she is rubbing against our legs and sleeping on our laps. She purr and meows to be pet and is a really cool cat now. She will only growl if continuously touch her belly which most cats don't like anyways. She also had a cyst in her ovaries which the vet showed me (I got to watch her be spayed and the vet talked me through it and showed me what she was doing). So she could have been in pain before she was spayed. Another reason why cats should be fixed, we would have never known there was a cyst otherwise.

Oh and it was the funniest thing, when the vet removed her from her carrier, she began screaming so loud I could hear it from the garage next to the moblie clinic where they were spaying her. It was probably really tramatic for her because she had to be netted and pinned down in order to be put out for the surgery. When she came around afterwards, she was grumpy and pissed off and growling until she recovered 2 days later then she was a whole new cat.
post #10 of 13

my kitten will be six months old this weekend and we are getting him done next week but i am worried he will change .he talks to us i know you will think i am nuts but its true.will he stop if i have him done.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Brian Reis View Post

my kitten will be six months old this weekend and we are getting him done next week but i am worried he will change .he talks to us i know you will think i am nuts but its true.will he stop if i have him done.


We don't think you're nuts, lots of us have cats who talk to us. Your kitten's personality will not change with the neuter. It might change without a neuter, once he became sexually mature the biological drive to mate might make him pretty impossible to live with, not to mention the stink. laughing02.gif.

You are doing the right thing. Welcome to TCS! Your little boy will be fine. smile.gif
post #12 of 13

No, they don't change because of the neutering.  Kittens are usually neutered at an age when they are changing anyway as they are becoming more adult.  And as mentioned above, it prevents other changes which would take place without neutering which are highly undesirable.  In the case of males their urine becomes very smelly, most of them spray it all over the place, if they have outside access they will start wandering and fighting, and of course mating.  The fighting and mating puts them at far greater risk of picking up FeLV/FIV.  If kept inside then they can get sexually frustrated and hence very bad-tempered.

post #13 of 13

None of mine changed at all. Two were neutered at 12 weeks old, two at 6 months, and two females spayed at around 8 months old. Also one female I got as an adult was spayed at 2-4 years old, not sure her age but whenever we got her.

My girl Harley has a strong "maternal instinct" or she acts "motherly" towards other cats/kittens and that has not changed at all even though she was spayed and even though she never went into heat before spaying so apparently wasn't sexually mature...

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