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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-15-2009, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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Humping issue...please help!

Hello all. I am the proud owner of two adorable kitties, Smokey and Sylvester. They are littermates, 14 months old, both neutered about 6 months ago. Prior to being neutered, Smokey would occassionally hump things (a pillow, Sylvester, etc.), but I assumed that would go away after he was fixed. It did not. In fact, Smokey does it even more now, especially to Sylvester. Is this normal? If not, how do I correct it? Both kitties are usually pretty good about minding me. If they see me go for the squirt bottle, generally they stop their bad actions without needing to be squirted. Except for this humping issue with Smokey. What do I do?
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Re: Humping issue...please help!

There isn't really much that you can do to stop this behavior. Just because a male cat gets neutered, it doesn't necessarily mean that "urges" stop. In just about every cat encyclopedia I've read, it has said that even though a male is neutered, some will still have the urge to hump...and from the way it sounds, Smokey fits that profile.

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Re: Humping issue...please help!

I don't have much experience in stopping this behavior, however I have caught my 8 year old (Rusty) humping the 4 year old (Lil'Fella) from time to time.
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Re: Humping issue...please help!

I think Smokey is trying to show that he is the dominant cat. Dogs do this all the time, even female to female. Perhaps, if he is successful in dominating Sylvester, he won't have to prove it, but to be honest, I doubt it.




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my friend had a male cat that started humping her favorite pillow when she was pregnant!
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Re: Humping issue...please help!

I agree that his humping is probably to establish dominance, rather than sexual in nature... although the need to 'dominate' a pillow does seem kind of strange!

Does he stop humping when you squirt him with water? Does he behave like the more dominant cat in other situations?
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Re: Humping issue...please help!

Thank you everyone for your replies. The general consensus seems to be a dominance issue. I don't doubt it; Smokey will on occasion bully Sylvester a bit. Smokey used to stop when I squirted him, but last time he did not. I'm happy to hear that nothing is wrong with him though. Thank you all!
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