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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2003, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Questions about new kitten

Ok, well I didn't know that male cats can spray after being neutered. Call me dumb lol. I've had one cat , a female, as a child. I recently got a kitten and it is a male. I assumed I would never have to worry about spraying if I got him neutered early enough. But my family says, no, u should have gotten a female, your carpet will be ruined rather u neuter or not! Is this true? Is there anything I can do to prevent him from spraying? And also, I am considering buying softclaws for him, does anyone know if they work? I am worried about spending the 20 bucks and they just fall off. Thanks in advance for your replies, and nice to meet u all!
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On occasion a cat sprays after neutering. However, I have never had that experience, and I've had many males. I haven't used soft claws, but I have heard good things about them. I hope someone with experience can tell you how they worked out!




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I've only had problems with one male cat spraying. He 'eventually' grew out of it, but thats not the case for most. My grandmother got rid of all our un-neutered males because we were kids and didn't have any money.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-10-2003, 11:02 PM
 
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Hmmm, I've had a lot of cats, mostly males and only 1 has sprayed, neutered or unnuetered. But then again that poor cat came to us as a stray and was a bit.. um "special" if you will. Bless his little soul RIP.

So yeah, there is no garuntee the cat will spray, I would say most males do not.

There are somethings you can do to prevent him from spraying but are not really necissary until/if the time comes that you need the info.

Softclaws I have heard mostly good reviews, I have not used them myself because well... money and all
Most people say they stay on for a good 4 weeks at least, I've heard one person say a couple would fall off during the 4/6 week duration and she would have to put them back on.
Other people say that it allows a place for bacteria and such to grow (just like the hazards of humans wearing fake nails) but I have never read any documented article to know if this was true.
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