cat's personality changed after being fixed

by Maxine
(Niceville, FL)

Our cat has always been bossy - that is his name - but after having him fixed about 3 weeks ago he has become aggressive only when my husband and son are home. He will not use the litter box all day and as soon as they walk in the door he goes and uses the litter box. He also stalks them. He crouches low and eyeballs them and then starts the stalk. It is a little unnerving. We are having to close our bedroom doors at night because he gets on the bed in the middle of the night and pulls their hair-he does not touch me or he will curl up next to me. He scratches and claws us all at night-during the day when it is just us two he is as sweet natured as can be. On Sunday's when the men are home he is mean natured all day. How can I stop this behavior.

Answer by Kate
well it could be down to the fact that it takes a while after neutering for the hormones to decrease enough to reduce aggressive behavior. it may well be that he has a surge of these hormones and this is causing his behavior. he probably sees males as more of a threat to him than females and this is why your husband is in the firing line.

i would hope that after awhile his hormones will drop considerably and this behavior should stop. It may well be worth telephoning your vet to see if there is anything he can give him temporarily to help calm him down.

i would also suggest that your husband spends some time trying to bond with the cat again once he has calmed down a bit. this will help to rebuild confidence between the cat and him. Please see this page for how to bond with a cat.

best wishes Kate

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