Originally Posted by kev
So does this mean as a man who was doctored a few years ago, that I cant defend my territory - my space? Not a chance. Its just a line, its IMO rubbish. It was someone who was uptight and it will go away. Too many men think with the one part of their bodies and not use the brain in their head. It makes no difference to me or to a cat, I have seen my cats stand face to face with a neighbours cat and not budge and inch and they have been done.
If he wants to stop chaos and mayhem singing to each other on a night, ask him to buy a water pistol or just throw a cup of cold water outside, then close window and go back to bed. Safe, no hassles, let em sing elsewhere in their nocturnal ways......
Doctored and dangerous!!
Well, sorry to play devils advocate, but Kevin unless you have had your testicles removed, this is a completely irrelevant comparison. I apologize profusely if through cancer or something this is what happened (of course also assuming you then did not go on any hormone replacement), but I assume you simply mean vasectomy, which is merely a cutting of a tube so semen can not reach from testicle to penis, not the removal of the testosterone producing testes. I fully support neutering, and both of my boys were neutered young. And ABSOLUTELY this was done in part to reduce their maleness, at least maleness in an animal sense. Yes, I wanted them less aggressive and territorial. Yes I did not want them to roam around. Yes I wanted them not to spray. Yes I wanted them to not display their animalistic male behavior. And yes - neutering worked for this. It is probably absolutely right that that other cat came around in aggression because the original male was neutered. He could no longer mark his territoy, allowing the other cat to move in. Sure he can physically fight with claws and teeth, but in the animal world, this isnt the only way things are done, especially if the one cat in question was NOT neutered (hence the confrontation perhaps). Steroid sex hormones are very very important with regards to behavior and development. Im amazed that so many people are denying this was part of your reason as well. Is it true the only reason you did it is to prevent reproduction, and if you could have kept their testicles through a vasectomy like procedure you would have? Do you honestly think that your cats are as "manly" as they would have been otherwise? I think its appropriately accepted that reducing/eliminating their maleness is a fair trade for the benefits that come with, but dont deny that is what you are doing. As for men blowing this out of proportion, well....fff. Thats just men.