Spay & Neuter Saturday by Alasandra
I want to talk about an important issue and that is having cats spayed and neutered. Sadly many owners of male cats choose not to have them neutered because guys don't get pregnant, so they think they can foist the responsibility for preventing unwanted litters in shelters off on female cat owners. While it is true your male cat will not get pregnant neutering your cat especially while it is young will prevent spraying and aggressive behavior. I really believe Butters was a victim of this mentality.
He wondered up with nothing but a flea collar on. He came right to us and was obviously very gentle and loving he went in a cat carrier easier then any cat I have ever had. He was very submissive, but then he was only ONE according to the vet. But he sprayed EVERYTHING, and because he was a Tom my cats felt threatened and tried to drive him off. A trip to the vet to see if he had a micro-chip lead nowhere, questioning neighbors to see who he might belong to was fruitless he was apparently dumped but at one time he must have been loved very much. I can only speculate that he started spraying and his former owners solution was to abandon him.
He is neutered now and staying at a private rescue where he is much loved by the man operating it due to his gentle and loving nature.
Footnote: while it is possible he wondered off in search of LOVE, he acted more like a house-cat and seemed clueless about the outdoors.
Even spayed and neutered cats will spray (yes females can and do spray) but they are much less likely to and the younger they are spayed and neutered the less likely they are to spray. Socks (neutered male) has never sprayed in the house and seldom sprays outside although when Butters came up he started spraying outside.