Fixing Cats by…Fixing Cats?
A cat parent asked about their cats’ unusual behavior in a cat blog: Hi we have three cats jaxon who is a Burmese 5yo and is de-sexed, Charlie who is a maine-coon 1yo desexed and lily who is a tabby and is almost a year old who isn’t desexed. They are all indoor cats and have been all of their lives.
But lately both I and my partner have noticed some strange behavior from jaxon our Burmese, he walks around the house meowing or yelling at the top of his voice all night and if he is not doing that he paces extremely fast back and forth on a windowsill almost to the point where he just can’t move anymore.
Another thing which totally freaked us out was tonight lily are youngest started to meow in her cuties voice (as we call it) which we think is because she isn’t desexed. Jaxon woke from a very deep sleep jumped up ran over to her and started biting her on the neck then actually picked her up and started dragging her around the house whilst they continued to meow at each other.
At first we broke it up but it continued throughout the night. Please does anyone have any insight as to what this all means we are just confused?
Most cat people recommend getting all the cat family members “fixed” (we call it in the U.S.) as the first step in behavioral problems. Having one member of the family not fixed can cause the other cats to revert to instinctual behaviors.
When it comes to the reproductive instinct this can be the strongest one and often changes the personality of felines. With that said we have a fixed female domestic tabby that once in a while howls at 3AM. We have tried many things to resolve the issue but have been unsuccessful at completely eliminating it. So fixing kitty might not solve all the household problems but it’s a good place to start.
For us when we visited our vet for a routine check up and told him about the howling he said that he could prescribe a kitty prosaic type product that would be worth a try. At this time we have decided to live with it as opposed to drugging our cat.
I think that’s a fine answer. It’s a common misconception that there is no reason to sterilize a cat if the opposite sex members of the feline family are already fixed. Some city ordinances back this up: in my city, for instance, it’s required by law that female cats kept as pets are spayed, but there is no such requirement pertaining to males. Sounds like the old-fashioned idea of birth control being only the female’s responsibility, but it’s also bad parenting. Intact pets encounter many other problems besides the possibility of getting out at some point, breeding, and adding to the already ghastly cat overpopulation problem.
Catster describes more about benefits of spaying and neutering in addition to the obvious benefit of not producing litters:
- Un-spayed female cats may be restless and noisy and exhibit other behavior problems.
- Males who are not neutered (also known as Tom Cats) have many behavior problems, including a tendency to roam if allowed outside and a habit of spraying strong smelling urine inside the house to mark their territory.
- Spayed and neutered cats generally have fewer health problems and a longer life expectancy.