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Q: Male cat dominance

March 3, 2009 | By Lcarter | 4 answers | Expired: 1961 days ago

I have two male cats that are brothers and came from the same litter. One is quite a bit bigger than the other and lately the bigger one has started to get the other one by the back of the neck and he won't let go. One time he started trying to hump him. I don't know if it's because they are not neutered yet or what?

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Marvin88
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Mar 04, 2009

i have a male and two females, my male has been picking on my older female since i got them all fixed 7 years ago, they were all strays... Maybe it is a dominance/territory problem. I know that is why Jacob picks on Dakota. DO NOT HIT cats with anything,that makes them nasty. I keep a huge squirt bottle available. Everytime Jacob goes after Dakota, i shoot him with water. He knows he's a bad boy when i point the bottle at him. Make sure you keep certain places in your home for the little one to "hide" sleep or curl up and and avoid his brother. This is what i had to do for Dakota. When i have to work all day, she has places she can get into and be "safe" from him.

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NSilverwolf
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Mar 03, 2009

Very likely you are seeing "mounting" behavior in your two male cats. It doesn't matter to them if they are brothers. If they are over six months of age they are sexually mature and are likely trying to fulfill a natural instinct. Neutering them will often solve the problem completely. It also is MUCH healthier for them in the long run and can drastically reduce their chances of getting testicular or prostate cancer, as well as reduce the chances of them spraying. Contact your vet or a low cost spay and neuter clinic if cost is an issue.

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Judith V.
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Mar 03, 2009

I would neuter them ASAP -- you sure don't want them to start spraying in the house to indicate territory! And, I wouldn't be surprised if the dominance behavior is related, and subsides after neutering. However, it may not -- of my two boys, the older one with diabetic neuropathy is the dominant cat, even though he can't get around too fast. He also mounts and mouths the neck of the other cat -- haven't seen him hump, though.

I guess the other thing to think about is the reaction of the smaller cat -- does he try to fight it or does he just submit? If he is putting up with it and isn't being harmed, well, maybe the biggest victim is your sensibilities LOL -- though I guess you would still need to hope they don't do this when maiden aunts are visiting!

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Sly31313
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Mar 03, 2009

The bigger cat just probably wants show who is more important there. Better get them fixed. You will have less problems with them. Unneutered cats tend to fight a lot.

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