Originally Posted by kiki+koko
i've arranged my tom to the vet coming thurs to be spayed..
am checking with those who have neutered your tom/cat at bout 1 yr of age..
how does it impacts on its behavior?
kiki is now a very affectionate boy.. sleeps next to me everynite..
comes up to me for a good back rub every now & then..
wld any of these be changed with the surgery??
will it also curb his spraying bad habit??
A spayed or neutered (sterilized) animal is better behaved. Neutered male cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. Unsterilized, unsupervised males roam in search of a mate, risking injury in traffic and in fights with other males. They mark territory by spraying strong-smelling urine on surfaces. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting furniture and human legs when stimulated. Don’t confuse aggressiveness with protectiveness; a neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as an unneutered dog, and many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
Spaying or neutering will not alter your pet’s personality. Any slight changes will be positive. Neutering will reduce the need to breed, and that has a calming effect on many animals.
Behavioral advantages of neutering
Decreased Aggression: The (male) androgen hormones, of which testosterone is the most important, are responsible for the development of many behavioral patterns. Testosterone greatly affects aggression in cats. One of the most important behavioral advantages of castration is that as adults, these neutered cats will tend to be less aggressive toward other cats.
Decreased Spraying: Spraying urine is a normal sexual behavior of uncastrated male tomcats. Anyone who has smelled tomcat urine will quickly agree that spraying is a very unwanted behavior. Some unspayed and spayed females, and some castrated males, will spray, but it is much more common in unneutered males.
Decreased Roaming: Another behavioral advantage of neutering is that neutered cats are much less likely to react when they sense a female in heat. Male cats can sense females in heat through pheromones. These are airborne chemical attractants that are liberated from the female when she is cycling. They travel through the air for great distances. Male cats neutered at an early age will generally not sense or respond to pheromones, and would certainly be less stressed and tend to stay home if they are outdoor cats.