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Q: Are male cats more likely to fight or spray?

September 4, 2008 | By Winspy | 9 answers | Expired: 2036 days ago

I have fallen in love with a 4 yr. old cat at my local shelter. I would like to adopt him but I am concerned about how he will get along with my 5 month old male cat. While both are friendly individually, and fixed, I worry about either becoming territorial. I certainly don't want either to spray. They are indoor cats.

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Helen C.
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Sep 17, 2008

I've had mostly female cats. While there is some spitting and hissing when a new one is introduced, I never interfere. The cats work out their own pecking order. Just like with kids, so long as there's no visible blood or broken bones, I practice hands off. Cats are not necessarily 'pack animals' like dogs, but they will establish a social order amongst themselves, and nothing we can do will change it. They're cats, after all. Just be careful not to pay more attention to the new cat. I usually try to ignore the new one for the first day or so, jsut to give the other cats the idea that it's all cool and mama still loves them.

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Rothycat
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Sep 17, 2008

I've owned a lot of cats in my life. I think all in all, it's been in the double digits (there have been cats in my family since I was 4). To be blunt, I've found that female cats tend to be FAR more prone to being territorial than male cats, as long as they're neutered. Being as old as the adoptive-to-be is, I wouldn't worry, unless he was from a single-cat household his entire life. If that's the case, then I'd be very careful when introducing them. It may take a while, but there will be peace in your household in time. The younger cat shouldn't take much time to adjust at all. All of mine have settled right in whenever a new cat came into my home. Good luck with both of your babies!

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Katluver
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Sep 07, 2008

Oh, forgot to add that we had to get rid of the cat because he was a bad cat, not just because my other cat hated him.

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Katluver
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Sep 07, 2008

My male cat was 4 when I introduced another, 6 year old male cat. The new cat was fine, but my cat was REALLY upset. He would chase the new cat around the house 24/7, but he never sprayed. After a few weeks we had to get rid of the new cat. I'm not saying that you shouldn't get a new cat, but you have to be careful. Don't introduce them too quickly! Be prepared for a little fighting at first. Eventually they might tolerate each other, or maybe even become friends! :)

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Percysmom
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Sep 07, 2008

I have two male cats. I got my second one when my first kitty was a year old. I've had no problems with spraying or fighting. They have actually become a bonded pair and are now the best of friends. Males are actually more open to change than female cats but the introduction process should always be done slowly. Start with seperate rooms. Then perhaps swap bedding so they can smell each other and feed them on opposite sides of the door. Their first interactions shoud be supervised until yo're sure they're used to each other. Be prepared for some mad chases and posturing while they establish who's in charge. It will all be worth it in the long run though if they do end up to be the best of friends. Good luck!

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Vixgrrrl
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Sep 06, 2008

Generally fixed male cats don't spray, but he might. The shelter may know if he gets along with other cats and male cats in general, but of course you'd have to let your cat meet him to know.

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lisa s.
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Sep 05, 2008

take it slow try intoducing them slowly. Ask the shelter if you can borrow the animal to make sure they get along. as long as the y both get your love an affection i don't think they will spray.

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Heather
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Sep 04, 2008

If they are both fixed, and your current cat does not spray he won't likely start. Check with the staff at the shelter to see if the new cat sprays, they should be able to let you know. A five month old should be very accepting of a new cat, so ask the shelter staff if the new guy likes other cats. If he does, the transition should be pretty smooth. The best way to introduce them is to bring the new cat home and set him up with everything he needs in a room where you can keep the 2 separate. Put the new cat in the room, and let him settle in for at least 24 hours. Don't change anything for your current cat. After the 24 hours, you can introduce the current cat to the new cat. It may be easiest to put the new guy in a carrier on the floor of his new room and bring the current cat in. Close the door and sit with them. If they are agitated, just do this step until they get used to each other. If they seem ok, the next step is to let the new kitty out of the carrier, and see how they do. You may want to have a water bottle on hand in case they try to fight. If they do fine, let them check each other out a little at a time (supervised). Keep them separate when unsupervised until you are positive they will get along. When things are going great, you can just open the door to new kitty's room, so he can explore the rest of your place. Eventually, you can remove the litterbox and food from that room, but make sure new kitty knows where/uses the litterbox and food stations in your house. Adopting an adult cat is a great thing! I wish you the best of luck! Let me know how it goes.

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Perrybabe112
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Sep 04, 2008

It all depends on the cats . Sometimes they spray and sometimes they don't. They should get along after awhile. It may take a few weeks.

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