He won't be making testosterone anymore and that will help reduce the risk of behavior problems and reduce the risk of certain cancers. It may not prevent him from adult male behaviors such as wandering, but it will obviously prevent him causing pregnancy. The benefits aren't as great if you neuter them at an older age, but but there are still benefits.View Thread
My cats have them. Even my long lean monsterkittyen has them. My older female has gotten fat recently (from stealing kitten food) but she grew her fat on her belly first. Yes, I'm working on getting her weight down. She got it around her midsection, they didn't fill her flaps. *giggle* That sounds funny!View Thread
I delayed mentioning this because I wasn't sure she would be a successful rehome or not, but I've recently rescued a new cat. I consider this a rescue because it was one of those "my son's allergic, we need her gone TODAY" type of thing. The only alternative was the pound.
I made the arrangements and went to the apartment after work. My spouse had shown some interest in getting a kitten and I wanted a friend for my older cat (Mouse), to help her stay active. So, into my arms was put a very soft, wiggly, short haired kitten. Black and yellow tortoiseshell, golden eyes, lots of energy. Four months old. She had been bought for a young boy for Christmas. He turned out to be allergic. She'd been living mostly alone for some time, fed well but given no limits.
The kitten (Shadow) was very friendly but didn't understand rules at first. She scared the Mouse and irritated the spouse. However, with some basic training she's settling down beautifully. Mouse likes her now and will wash her. So does my spouse, since Shadow will sit on her stomach and watch movies and cuddle when Mouse doesn't want to.
I wish I could tell everyone, don't give pets for holidays unless you know for sure the recipient wants the pet and isn't allergic. And new cats can get along with existing ones but there has to be a lot of patience and understanding at first. Shadow has found a home, she will be loved here.View Thread
I'm sorry to hear you've had to make that tough decision. And I'm not going to say you are a terrible person. I know how much it hurts to give a pet up that you've tried your best with, and I hope she beats the odds and finds a good home. Either way, you did what you could and you tried.View Thread
Just wanted to note that I understand you already tried behaviorists in your area, which is why I thought online help might give results. Asking here is a good start, I just wish some of our more knowledgeable regulars were here.View Thread
As I understand it, diagnosing a neurtransmitter imbalance is more of a behavioral thing, just like with people. So I don't think there is a specific test for it. Another type of person who could help is a pet behaviorist, and there are some online resources you can find by Googling that. If you have a vet you will probably want to talk to them about this, find out if there are other ways to calm cats down such as sedatives etc.
It sounds like you are already taking all the steps you can, giving her attention, playing with her, giving her things to do. I'd hate to suggest medication, but maybe the vet has a solution. I wonder if there are bad effects from her sleeping so little? Cats are designed to sleep a lot more than that, and who knows, THAT could be causing the hyperactivity. I hope you find good answers.View Thread