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Neutered Cat Exhibiting Dominance Behaviors

Connor is my biggest kitty. Connor and Murphy are from the same litter - born March 4 - and I think Mickey is around the same age, but we rescued him off the street so I can't be 100% sure. When Connor and Murphy were around 4 months old, Connor started expressing some dominance behaviors - pinning Murphy by the scruff and biting hard enough to make him cry. I got them both neutered; problem solved.

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Mickey was doing that kind of stuff when we first rescued him. I got him neutered and it stopped. Suddenly, Connor is pulling the dominance act again. Pinning them and biting their necks pretty hard. I just caught him pinning and humping Murphy. What do I do? They were neutered in July or August - somewhere around there. And Mickey was neutered at least 2 months ago.

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January 4, 20170 found this helpful

I think you have done pretty much what you can do. It can take 6 months or so for all testosterone to leave your kitties. Some of these behaviors are not testosterone driven. It is just stuff young cats do. You should see some of these behaviors fade as they reach one year of age.

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Most of these behaviors are pretty normal and expected. I do understand they can sometimes look pretty naughty. I break things up if someone is really getting hurt. By 18 months they will be the best of friends.

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February 10, 20170 found this helpful

Neutering only stops aggressive behavior caused by sex drive, such as when two males are fighting over the same female. If the aggression is caused by anxiety, or something else, neutering won't help.

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