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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A NEUTERED CAT TO BECOME LESS AGGRESSIVE

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A NEUTERED CAT TO BECOME LESS AGGRESSIVE TO OTHER CATS ?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Denise Colgrove replied 6 years ago.

Denise Colgrove :

Hi there,

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

Hello...

Denise Colgrove :

If the aggression is due to the testosterone then it will take at least 1 month for testosterone levels to go down.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

ah, yes that is what I thought, or some time from 2 weeks to 2 months was my guess

Denise Colgrove :

That is a good guess.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

It is mosyly caused by the testosterone I would think, because hes a"rescue" and he hisses at people too.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

hes not totoally wild

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

and maybe not an alpha cat but he has learned how to yake care of himself outside

Denise Colgrove :

You can also try a pheromone diffuser called Feliway that you can get at pet stores and has a calming effect on cats. I hope that you can tame him. Food and calm love will eventually do it if he is not totally feral like you say.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

I just read too that agression can also come from pain

Denise Colgrove :

Yes, and fear.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

he is miraculusly recovering from 3 major head wounds

Denise Colgrove :

Excellent. He will feel a lot better when they are healed.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

some how i just kept him clean and used a little spare antibiotics and he recoved

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

but he may still be in pain

Denise Colgrove :

Possibly a little.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

and i'm away from home now so his social conditioning has almost stopped

Denise Colgrove :

Great that they didn't abscess. Cats so often do with small wounds. If they are kept open and draining then they heal better. Sounds like you did the right things.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

so the fear is also quite possible

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

yea, i was amazed he made it

Denise Colgrove :

Yes. That is why the pheromone may help. also something called Rescue Remedy available from Health food stores and give him 5 drops daily by mouth.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

he is a rescue so i havent invested the money I normally do with my animals, but if he doesnt calm down they landlord wants him put down

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

hes harrassing thier cat now

Denise Colgrove :

Well here's hoping!

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

Thank you for that tip! I hope it works, Thanks again

Denise Colgrove :

You are welcome.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

and most likely he WILL get less aggressive after neutering, correct?

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

Thanks for your help

Denise Colgrove :

Yes, he will calm down after neutering. And you are welcome.

JACUSTOMER-hr493w79- :

LOL... Thanks again!

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