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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I have a cat with aggression twards other cats.with People

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I have a cat with aggression twards other cats.
with People he is great.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you tell me, please, if you're concerned about Buddy's aggression to other cats in your household or is he aggressive to cats he meets outside - or both?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I will not let Buddy in the house I have 4 rescue cats that are declawed
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information. An outdoor cat behaving as you've described is exhibiting territorial aggression unless proven otherwise - particularly if Buddy is intact. This is normal behavior for these cats. Neutering an intact cat might ameliorate the behavior but studies have shown that neutering alone is not a reliable "treatment" for such aggression. The only manner in which to prevent such behavior is confining Buddy - not an appropriate recourse the great majority of the time. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Buddy was neutered 4 month ago I was thinking about having him dewclawed ......
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Please note that declawing won't make him less aggressive. Ethically speaking, I don't believe that declawing an outside cat is appropriate. He'll become less able to defend himself.