Emily had a question:
After a mancat is neutered, does he retain some of his, ahem, anatomy? I’ve always had female cats and I’m familiar with the way the back-end of a lady cat looks. My elderly bosses adopted two cats- a boy and a girl- and the boy looks like he hasn’t been neutered. I’m pretty certain that the shelter would have given him the ol’ snip-snip before sending him to a forever home, but i am totally unfamiliar with mancat anatomy so I just wanted to check. This isn’t to say that you’re an expert on mancat anatomy… just an expert on cats in general.
Noelegy’s mostly right, in that if you put a neutered mancat next to a non-neutered, there’s a HUGE difference. I’m so used to seeing neutered males that when I occasionally see an unneutered adult male, it’s really AMAZING just how big the, uh, AREA is. However, I can say that we definitely had Rupert neutered as soon as we were able to, and afterward he still had some pretty big fuzzy, prominent protuberances going on, to the point where if I hadn’t known for sure that he’d been neutered, I would have thought he was unneutered. I’m wondering if that’s because he wasn’t neutered until he was fully grown – we always have the fostered neutered by three months (occasionally a tiny bit older, as with the Bookworms, since we were waiting for a negative FIV result on them), there’s a little something left behind on them.
I’m going to post this question on Friday’s post, because I’m sure there’s someone out there who’s had more experience with neutering males as adults and whether that makes a difference, and I’m curious to hear.
Emily, I’m with you in that I’m sure the shelter would have had them spayed and neutered before adopting them out (assuming they were old enough), and any paperwork they were given should have stated that. Maybe their boycat is just gifted.
Then a bunch more people weighed in (direct link to those comments, if you’re curious), and I told them I was going to post this today so that anyone who has a story to tell about their neutered male who appeared to be unneutered, or who had an opinion on the topic could weigh in. Got a story to share? You know we want to hear! Leave your story in the comments.
My husband always says that cat toes look like beans (blame this post)
I’m not saying we do but maybe someone wants to terrorize their cats by exclaiming “BEANS!” while grabbing their feet.
That sounds like an excellent way to torture kittehs. And I love Pusheen!
I call the Tortie.
Have you considered webcams in the kitten rooms, Robyn?
That live kitten cam is SO cute (and fun to watch!) I briefly considered a webcam in the upstairs kitten room – especially when we had Maggie and then again with Emmy – but Fred informed me that that would happen over his dead body (he prefers to remain mysterious and unseen), so I dropped it. 🙂
Pretty, ain’t it? And then I got to number 21.
Oh Robyn. That baby blue hammock. Might actually start a trend, me thinks.
I love seeing one of my pictures on Buzzfeed – they do the best picture posts! The kittens in #21 are Macushla (one of Maggie’s babies) and Clove (one of the Spice Girls), from last July. Clove sure did love those big kitties.
Hello! I just wanted to stop by and tell you that my husband and I adopted little Wellington this Tuesday. He is doing really well and seems to love his new home. He has so much energy and loves loves loves to cuddle! Also, he also has our cat Albus (originally called Birch), who we also adopted through Challenger House, to keep him company. Thank you for posting so many pictures of Wellington and sharing so much about his personality. It has been a great help to us!
Also, I hope you don’t mind, but I also borrowed two of the pictures you posted of Wellington to share on my blog. 🙂 I linked back to your website.
Jessica, I don’t mind at all – and thanks for stopping by to let us know how Wellington is doing!
This thread reminds me of one of my favorite lolcats ever:
“You haz betraid my tiny trust”
I still make a squealy “awwww!” noise every time I look at that picture, all these years later.
Yep, I did it too. Awwwww.
So I took my arachnaphobic self to your flickr pictures of the spider and horrors – saw the pic of the snake on the lawn [link 1, link 2] … OMG, what kind of snake was that? Here in California, out in the country we get (very infrequently) a rattle snake or two, and their nature look alike, gopher snake, gardner snakes and some yellow colored thing – but yours… not sure what he was and waaaay to close for comfort. In the south I always think of Copperheads and Cottonmouths… WHAT WAS THAT???
I think it was a King Snake, but I honestly don’t remember for sure, it could have been a Rat Snake. He slithered across the yard when I was filling bird feeders, and since I know nothing about snakes, I followed him and snapped pictures, then sent them to Fred to make sure it wasn’t poisonous. It wasn’t. Also, I wasn’t that close to him – I had the long lens on the camera, just in case! He mostly wanted to get away from me, though.
I’ve only seen one Cottonmouth, from a distance. Those things scare the hell out of me!
But I think that maybe you missed the ookiest of my snake pictures. One day I was sitting at my computer and looked out the side door, and gasped when I saw a SNAKE slithering UP a tree. You can see those pictures here, here, and here. According to Fred, that was an Eastern Rat Snake.
Here’s a question for ya: in all of my years of co-habitation with cats, I’ve never had a “talker”, until now, that is. This cat complains about the dry food, the lack of can food, the state of the house, the wind blowing outside, the dogs, the other cats, the closed doors, the open doors… you get the idea. She is always complaining or commenting on something. The only time she is quiet is when she is eating, and then she sometimes makes those nom-nom noises. Do you have a talker? Does it change as they age? She has mellowed out since spaying, but this is one mouthy cat.
I actually don’t really have a talker. Miz Poo can be talky, and so can Spanky, but that’s only now and then, not constant. I think a constant talker might drive me a tiny bit nuts.
(There were LOTS of comments on this one – you can see them all here.)
Glad everyone got through their vet-cation from Crooked Acres. Did the big cats miss them or just take their absence in stride?
The big cats are so used to seeing kittens come and go, that they just took it completely in stride. The Weeds, on the other hand, wanted to know where their snuggle buddies went, and were happy to see them come back!
It’s good to see all the kittens doing so well. Especially Mr. Magoo. He appears to be about the same size as his siblings now! It looks like the Pickle in the back of the 5 Pickle shot is the new runt, although that might just be the angle.
Yeah, that’s just the angle – that’s Petey in the back. As of last Sunday, Magoo was still 12 ounces smaller than the next-smallest Pickles (Petey and Percy are tied at 3 lbs, 7 ounces), but he’s definitely gaining on them. I imagine he’ll catch up before much longer. (As a side note, Joe is the heaviest Pickle at 3 pounds, 10 1/2 ounces.)
Ok, the picture of all five pickles… You just photoshopped the one on the left, copied and put her behind herself.. Right? even the wink is the same! MOL
That’s Polly in the front and Petey in the back. I love that they’re both winking the same eye!
Warning: Gorgeous Corbs ahead!
2010: There needs to be a feather boa involved.
2009: And how can you put down a sleeping kitten? (You can’t.)
2008: No entry.
2007: I don’t think it’s possible to take a bad picture of Elle.
2006: Warning: cat cannot hold her licker.
2005: “Who, me? No, I wasn’t going to climb into the fireplace. Nope, not me!”