Effects of castration on fighting, roaming, and urine spraying in adult male cats

Benjamin Hart, R. E. Barrett

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A survey, based on interviews with clients, was conducted to evaluate changes in patterns of objectionable behavior in 42 male cats castrated in adulthood. A pronounced and rapid postoperative decline in fighting, roaming, and urine spraying occurred in 53, 56, and 78% of the cases, respectively. A gradual decline in these patterns of behavior occurred in 35, 38 and 9% of the cases, respectively. In the remaining cases, a decline in these patterns of behavior was not evident. In the same cat, a rapid decline in one pattern often occurred with only a gradual or unnoticeable reduction in one or both of the other patterns. Age at time of castration was not related to rate of decline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-292
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1973


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