13 August, 2008 at 3:26 pm #19327
Back with yet another question! My kitten was sleeping last night on his back (Ragdoll–often sleeps on his back on the floor right by my feet)and I noticed a little “lipstick” action. It sort of freaked me out, since I thought that was purely a male doggie thing. So . . . does it mean that my 4 1/2 month old kitten is going through sexual maturity a bit earlier than expected or is this a normal aspect of cathood that I just(having had only female cats–and no cats since childhood)never considered? The plan was to neuter him at 5-6 months, but I’ll take him in early if this is an indication of quickly advancing sexual maturity!13 August, 2008 at 3:28 pm #267950
I’m not an expert, but I don’t think it could hurt to take him in sooner…13 August, 2008 at 3:36 pm #267951
Cats can mature as early as 20 weeks. I’d recommend contacting your vet to get an opinion as to how soon his day at the “spa” can be scheduled. (We call it going to the spa instead of going to the dreaded V.E.T…)13 August, 2008 at 3:49 pm #267952
He is old enoug, I would get him in before he figures out what spraying is all about.13 August, 2008 at 8:50 pm #267953
Thank you, all! I’ll contact his, um, “spa coordinator” right away.13 August, 2008 at 8:53 pm #267954
Astrid, my kitty, Skimbleshanks, started that behavior when he was only around four months old. And then he discovered spraying. Even though we took him to the spa about a month after because we thought that he should be at least five months old, he sprayed his whole life. It was really awful. You name a product for that and I have bought it. All it ever took was for him to even catch a glimpse of another kitty and he would spray.
In hindsight, we should have taken him as soon as he began showing those signs.13 August, 2008 at 9:02 pm #267955
Yikes! That’s really horrible, Willow! I just sent email to his vet–I’ll really push for a super early date! I’ve heard that once cats start spraying, they’re not likely to stop. I’ve also heard from friends that their male cats became much more docile after neutering. Recently, he’s been very play aggressive (bitten me twice on the nose in the middle of the night hard enough to snag a tooth and give me cuts) and has been less cuddly than he was a month ago. Very glad I asked you all–having him start spraying would be disastrous in my little place!13 August, 2008 at 9:06 pm #267956
It was awful! And he was such a good kitty otherwise. I tried Feliway, Calm Down (over the counter stuff), and owned every bottle of spot and odor remover that you can imagine. Arg!
My girls aren’t as cuddly as they were as tiny kittens, but they are starting to move back in that direction. I think they just have so many things that they need to do that cuddling falls behind. Funny kitties!13 August, 2008 at 9:19 pm #267957
Your girls are adorable–and sooo teeny! I’m sure Marzipan already outweighs Willow . . . he might even be closing in on Windi’s size! Hope they become cuddlers again soon–for me, that’s definitely the best part of being a cat mom.13 August, 2008 at 9:24 pm #267958
He definitely needs to go to the spa. The Humane Society does it as soon as they are 2 months old and 2 1/2 lbs.13 August, 2008 at 9:27 pm #267959
Astrid, Susie’s Hopper is a great example of an increase in docility after neutering. He was an aggressive and elusive 13-year-old TNR who, after being T’ed and N’ed, has refused to be R’ed. He’s decided he wants to live in Susie’s laundry room, even though she’s given him plenty of opportunity to return to the great outdoors.13 August, 2008 at 9:42 pm #267960
Leeny, that’s the dolce vita, right? No more hormones making you feel all cranky and crazed and a nice, warm spot full of fresh towels?! Who’d turn that down.
It is really good to have people verify the docility thing–he’s had to be locked out of my bedroom for the past week due to middle-of-the-night attacks, and I miss the snuggly parts.13 August, 2008 at 10:39 pm #267961
astrid, feel his testicle area to see if they have decended. As soon as you can feel the two little lumps there it is time to neuter. That is how I have done things with all my boys and I have 4 males in my house with no problems13 August, 2008 at 11:12 pm #267962
Hi astrid! I’m sorry..I believe I missed welcoming you when you joined a month ago so let me say it now…Welcome to TDK..you little Marzipan is soooo beautiful! My kitties are sending him a furriend invite! My boys were both taken to the spa at 4 mos. and the procedure went flawlessly. I’m glad I didn’t wait because WWM describes an awful nightmare with the spraying! Yikes!14 August, 2008 at 3:17 am #267963
KnittingNinja–Seriously? I’ve been able to see his testicles for about a month (well, not see, but he had a little bout of stomach upset and had to be seriously bathed and they were visible when he was soaking wet from the waist down). I that that was normal . . . You all are a life saver! I’m going to see if I can schedule the spa visit in the next week.
Karenopa–thank you! This group is great–and your kitties are adorable! Marzipan would love to be their friend–though he is a little feisty currently. (As I write this, he has located a Pepperidge Farms goldfish on the floor and is chasing it FURIOUSLY around the kitchen).
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