My neutered cat humps my arm!

by Nancy
(Kenton, OH, USA)

I have a male neutered cat, Buster. He was neutered at the age of 6 months ASAP because he was jumping on the backs of my other cats (all spayed and neutered). He was also humping my arm when I layed in bed. First he made a half growl-screaming noise. He grabbed the skin on the back of my hand and positioned his legs on each side of my arm, lowered his backside and I could actually feel his penis. I would withdraw my arm and didn't hit him. I didn't want him associating my hand with hitting. I live alone and he doesn't have to compete for attention with other humans. I do have 3 other cats inside the house. He is the youngest cat I have.


I thought after he was neutered, he would stop the humping behavior. He has stopped annoying the other cats but still plays and wrestles. They put him in his place or run away when he is annoying. He is now 9 months old. Most of the time he sleeps right beside my left shoulder. In addition, he was abandoned at 3 wks. and I bottle fed him until he was 7 weeks when he started to drink formula and eat soft food from a bowl. Before he goes to sleep, he curls in a ball beside me and sucks on his front legs (making a slurping noise.)

He still is trying to hump my arm. I thought this behavior would completely disappear but it has not. He still makes the screaming noise (as if irritated), grabs the back of my hand with teeth, and places his feet beside
my arm. The pushing with the rear end is not as animated as before. I withdraw my arm but he continues to make the screaming noise and circles as if looking for my arm. I have started to spray the place where this behavior took place. If I grab the bottle while he is doing it, he immediately jumps down. I can't seem to get him exactly when he is doing it as he anticipates and stops. I suppose I should continue the spraying but I just want him to quit doing this.

I've wondered at times if his neutering was done correctly but
as a dominate behavior, I suppose this is behavioral in nature.


Answer by Kate
Hi
Unfortunately some cats do continue to do this even after they are neutered as it is instinct rather than any sexual drive.

The operation was about three months ago so I would have thought that his hormone levels would now have disappeared but it can take a little while after the operation so it may just be that he needs more time for any urges to completely disappear.

My boyfriends cat was the same and all you can really do is to just to move away from him as soon as he starts to display this behavior. he will soon learn that when he does this you go away and cats prefer attention than to being ignored.

I know it can be rather distressing but it should pass with time or at least only happen occasionally in the future.

Make sure there are plenty of things in the home to keep him distracted and occupied.

https://www.our-happy-cat.com/indoor-cats.html

best wishes Kate

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My Boy Loves a Hump
by: Anonymous

My 2 year old male still humps my arm a few times a week. He’s neutered. I figure it’s a behavioural thing and as it seems to be harmless, apart from the odd scratch, I let him do it. He usually humps for 5 minutes and then retreats to a private corner nearby to lick his bits clean. There’s never any discharge and I always find he is more relaxed afterwards so don’t mind him exerting his natural urges.

Been happening for months
by: Anonymous

Cat moved houses a few months ago and started biting and humping people/other animals, it's been happening for the past few months and doesn't seem to be stopping, he also stands up and walks in a circle like he's kneading, and screaches like he's mad

Thinks he is Romeo
by: Anonymous

Trapped feral kitten, neutered young, humps and will giz if I dont pull my arm away. Does the same biting (which typically wd hold the females neck). I just figured it is because be LOVES me. I have had make cats my whole life. Never had one that did this to me, figured he thinks I am the cats meow! My neutered make years ago wd actually breed with my female. That freaked me out too. I just cant snuggle much with my boy or he gets too excited. So weird

It’s normal
by: Anonymous

My male kitten is going on 6 months old, not yet neutered.
I called my local vet about the same issue. It is not often asexual behaviour, and the get said when s kitten bites down on something and ‘humps’ it’s not a sexual act but a act of affection. There’s something about you that Reminds the kitten of their mother.

Cell Phone - Arm Humpin Cat
by: Anonymous

I have a foster that bolts over to me as soon as I play anything on my phone. He’ll bite my hand and shakes while he makes weird noises on my arm. Maybe it’s a weird brain issue where he’s sensitive to noise, but he doesn’t react that way to the TV. It’s so weird and I can’t believe I found anyone online experiencing the same issue. He bites my hand and holds on with his teeth, but never breaks skin. Figured he’s displaying instinctive mating behaviors, but can’t undertand the phone bit. He is obviously agitated /frustrated when he does this. I feel bad and I never play anything on my phone anymore. Shake him off gently when he does it. Still does it without the phone, but the phone sets him off in a heartbeat. WEIRD.

Access Denied
by: Anonymous

I have had cats most of my life, and until we saved this little sweetie, I had never even heard of it, dogs yes, but never cats. I did experience something like it from my neutered 5 years old cat a couple of months after we adopted a girl kitten. All were fixed at an early age, and adopted from the shelter. Out of the blue one day he started sorta pulling her at the nape of the neck when she was sleeping, and he looked more confused then we were by his behavior.
The kitten we have now we found outside a restaurant, and he was pretty young, we gave him cat milk for a while, but was ready for solid foods pretty fast. Like I read someone else say, one moment I am his Mommy, then all of a sudden he is in love with my right arm, and only my right arm. There are three other people in my home, three females, one male, and the cat, but I am the only one he does this to, and only when there is no one around, or watching. If he did not sound so sad, and frustrated, it would be pretty funny. I just hope he stops soon, I can't take the sneak attacks much longer, LOL.

My cat humps too
by: Anonymous

My 8 month old cat also does this and it hurts as he bites and twists the skin and kicks his back legs aswell , he was neutered at 6 months old so hoping he grows out of it .but I simply blow in his face only gently n he stops ...
I dnt want and wouldn't hit him so did this to stop him it is working as it's becoming less frequent and the minute I see what he's goin to do I gently blow in his face .

Humping adolescent cat
by: Anonymous

Had cats my whole life. Never experienced this. One minute I'm his mother, next I think he wants a lover! I can only assume what would happen if I didn't abruptly remove my arm. He humps, starts the tail twitch and I react quickly to remove myself. I have had many male cats, this is new to me! I did trap him and take him away from his mother but he looked to be around 7 weeks. He demands each morning to ride around on my shoulder too. Melts like a baby. I hope the humping is not a territorial thing but rather misplaced hormones

9 month male kitty
by: patti

Hi I have a 9 month UN neutered male kitty named Mickee. He is getting nuertered Nov 3 . He recently been showing neurotic behaviors. If my cell phone plays music or I play my games he gets to my arm and mounts me biting lightly on top of my hand wanting to hump .. its been going on for two weeks. It seems his behavior is worse if he hears my phone. It triggers those behaviors. Can you please explain why. Thanks so much

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