Q: ????

October 12, 2011 | By Poppy W. | 2 answers | Expired: 1570 days ago

Poppy W.

My dogs used to always rub their...privates on things...when they were puppies. But my cat, Phantom has been mounting and humping random things and people--except his mate, Fathom. I am used to puppies doing this, but Phantom is nearly 5! And is this normal for cats? It's usually the couch arm or the scratching post, and my vet says the cats shouldn't be in heat...So...any suggestions on how to stop this or why he's doing it would be greatly appreciated. =)

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Oct 12, 2011

What Jillian said...

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Oct 12, 2011

Female cats are ALWAYS in heat, technically speaking. Even when they're not officially in heat, they're constantly receptive to males. And if there's an intact female around, your intact male will sense this.

As intact females will always be open to mating, intact males will always be open to arousal. This can be the female cat or the arm of the couch or whatever. He's still in his prime and the longer this behavior is allowed to go on, the worse it'll get.

Aside from the millions of cats put to sleep each year b/c there aren't enough available homes, the best argument for having your cats fixed is their temperament. If left alone, male cats will become increasingly more aggressive when aroused or in the company of an intact female. They're the number one reason for cat fights (which can be very severe and life threatening) and they're one of the top reasons for people, children included, getting bit or scratched - which can also be severe.

Neutering and spaying also have health benefits. Altered cats tend to live longer, healthier lives. It eliminates the risk for ovarian and testicular cancer and greatly reduces the risk for breast cancer, which can occur in both sexes and takes the lives of half who get it. Breast cancer is incredibly common among animals.

Repeated litters will jeopardize the female's life as well as her kittens. Even one litter puts her at great risk if you're not an esteemed breeder with years of training.

But the real question is, how can you look at the thousands of unwanted cats in your area, the millions in this country alone, and say it's alright to make more? Most cats - no matter where they come from - will either end up on the street or in a shelter {a kill-shelter, that is}. Cats rarely make it a year on the street, dying from infection {something I've seen far too many times}, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, getting hit by cars, starvation, or disease. Keep breeding your cats and I want you to personally come over to place and explain to all the abandoned cats and kittens why I have no room for them. That as hard as I may try to save them all, that it's people like you who make my job damn near impossible.

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