i am getting a bengal kitten male, but i dont want to get him nuetered. it will be the only cat in the house and will be an indoor cat, what are the chances of him spraying?
are females alot less likely to spray? i really dont want to get the cat fixed.
Answer by ♪♫ Seattle ♫♪
Hi there…if you leave a cat unaltered (especially Bengals) they will spray–guaranteed. You are fighting against hormonal urges that necessitate the spraying habits. Any cat who begins to spray and then is neutered long afterwards will become habitual…it will be very difficult to cease the spraying habit. Also unaltered males tend to be much more aggressive and quite difficult to manage as they are not friendly.
An only cat who is kept indoors does not guarantee spraying will not occur. If there’s any stress in the home or changes that he finds is threatening this will induce territorial behaviours which is spraying. Any vet can confirm these facts.
More on spraying behaviours: http://www.cat-world.com.au/FelineSpraying.htm
Unaltered females will spray as well. It isn’t as common, however with Bengals it is more than the average domestic cat. Females spray while in estrus to signal other cats they are ready to mate. Bengals have loud meows so when a female comes into estrus are very loud howlers compared to most domestic cats. More on female cats who can spray: http://home.ivillage.com/pets/cats/0,,2j1z,00.html
For more reasons why unneutered and unspayed cats are more prone to problems: http://moggycat13.tripod.com/id66.html