Your Cats Territorial
Your cat will instinctively create a
social and hunting territory for itself. This is mainly done by an
unneutered male cat, as he will want to breed. He may extend his territory to
over 7 miles from his home to maintain his position in the social hierarchy
and giving him priority access to any females by fighting. His life can be
violent and short.
An unneutered female cat can
fight as well, she develops and defends her hunting territory. From 4 months
of age she will attract male cats in the neighbourhood and will regularly become
neutered cat, its own home and
garden will be its territory. An unneutered cat will challenge local cats as
it extends its territory. Kittens that are brought up together, will live
quite happily unless there are too many cats in the house, which may result
in territorial marking. If you introduce a adult cat into a home that
already has cats, you may need to take care and give the cats some guidance.
In neutered cats, territorial rights may be shown by loud call, body
language, and the establishment of non-violent dominance. But if the cat is
unneutered this can be very different.
A cat will mark the boundaries of its
territory with a spray of concentrated very strong-smelling urine. It will
also do this if it feels threatened, for example if there are strange
visitors or animals in the house. The most spraying comes from unneutered
male cats, although female cats will spray as well, especially if they are on heat.
Neutered cats do spray as well, but it is usually not as pungent.
In extreme cases they cat
will mark by dropping faeces away from the litter box. This is a problem and
the cause of this should be found. A cat will keep remarking its territory
to reassure itself. The owner may be wise to check with the vet for any
medical advice. Normally attention and affection will solve the problem. But
should the problem persist it may be worth contacting an animal
Neutering your cat will reduce the
cat's urge to show its territorial rights. The territory will stay in and
around the home. Neutering a male cat will mean the hormones that fuel the
sex drive will be removed. Ideally this should be done at about 4 months of
age. It is done under general anaesthetic. No stitches are needed and they
normally recover with in 24 hours, and there is no traumatic effect on the
cat. However, in the long term, the cat's territorial, sex and hunting
behaviours will change. A female cat is neutered by the removal of her
ovaries and uterus, so that she can not become pregnant. She will on longer
come on heat and will not attract the local males. The operation should be
carried out at about 4 to 5 months of age. Once the cat has recovered from
the anaesthetic she is normally fine. Long-term she will be more friendly.