Topic: My cat got very fat after neutering?
June 16, 2019 / By Allyn Question:
We've had cats of our own, and taken in stray cats and unwanted cats for over 30 years. We find homes for most of them, and our permanent cat population is 5. we have not had any "spare" cats for over 6 months. No new cats, dogs, kids, no changes in environment, cat litter, litter boxes, location of litter boxes, no "stressing" situations for the cats.
We neutered one of the boys when he was about 6 months ago. He started gaining weight almost immediately. Now he is FAT!!!!!!!!!!! Like Garfield fat, rolly polly fat. None of the other cats have gained weight. Another boy was neutered at about the same time, no problems.
This kitty also has gotten very skittish, scared at a sock lying on the bed. Jumps straight up in the air as though it was being attacked.
Also, he defecated on my pillow yesterday.
Doctor says he is fine, and put him on a diet. He doesn't eat much at all to start with. Certainly not eating any more than he did before. Exercising and playing the same as before. He is a sweet and lovable personality. Sleeps on us humans at night, foot of the bed for most catnaps. My husband is home all day, so he sticks by my husband most of the time.
Our German Shepherd treats him as though he were one of her puppies- which she has never had, because she is spayed- she grooms all the cats, but this is not a new behavior.
I am at wits end trying to figure out what is wrong with this kitty!!!! I have Googled for hours and all kinds of inane people give platitudes about cats don't get fat because of getting neutered, control the food amount, they say that cats poo on the bed because they are marking territory, because they are the dominant cat.. Why would he suddenly decide he is the dominant cat?
He has been neutered for about 4 months now.
I know I am rambling, but I am trying to give as much pertinent info as possible. He has changed in three ways since the neutering, and in over 300 cats we have never seen this type of behavior nor weight gain!
Thanks for your help!
Mircat, thanks for your well thought out answer. Vet gave cat clean bill of health. With 5 cats in the house, we do not need to exercise them, they spend their awake time chasing each other. We do have a 2 story house, so chasing includes up and down stairs. This cat's favorite game is hide and go seek. He hides, and when someone finds him he chases them for a while.
The weight gain is bad, but the going to the bathroom on our bed is worse.
Teri | 1 day ago
Neutering and spaying doesn't create fat cats. 90% of my cats are neutered/spayed and none of them are fat - I monitor their intake.
If you free feed the cats, they WILL get fat. So you portion out the meals and don't let them sneak and get into other cat's food.
IMO there is another reason your cat gained weight that fast.
A cat's personality does not set in until it gets to be about 1 year to 1 year and 2 months. What you see in them as a kitten can be totally different than what you see in them as a cat. This one may be a dominate cat and is on his way.
Is it eating the dog's food? Is your husband feeding it during the day or giving it treats? Certain medical conditions can cause cats to gain weight. Do not expect weight loss to happen like humans. If a cat loses 2 or 3 ounces a week, it's going in the right direction and that's considered good. It can take weeks to months for a weight loss program to succeed. If the vet didn't find heart problems then increase the cat's exercise program (laser light and kitty teaser are perfect for this) with a good solid 30 minute hard work out 2 or 3 times a day. If you have an upstairs put the litterbox up there so he has to go up and down for more exercise.
"Myth: “My pet will get fat and lazy after being spayed or neutered.”
The truth is that pets gain weight because their owners feed them too much or don't give them enough exercise, not because they are sterilized. The weight gain that people may witness after a spay/neuter surgery is most likely caused by continuing to feed a high-energy diet to a pet that is reducing its need for energy as it reaches adult size. Exercise in the form of play can help encourage activity to keep the weight off and muscles strong."
"Illness causing weight gain"
Cats that suffer from hypothyroidism gain weight, become lethargic and have dull coats. Your kitty's thyroid gland controls his metabolism through the production of hormones; an impairment of the thyroid gland reduces these hormones, resulting in a slowing of the metabolism and therefore weight gain. Feline hyperadrenocorticism or Cushing's disease can also lead to weight gain due to increase in the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands. This condition results from a tumor or the continued use of corticosteroids to treat another illness can result in Cushing's disease. In addition, several other health issues, such as an intestinal disease or diabetes can also cause weight gain. To properly diagnose and treat your cat, bring him to a veterinarian for an exam. Plus, your vet can give you some tips on weight loss if your cat receives a clean bill of health."
Hope this helps.
That has NOTHING to do with neutering and everything to do with the crappy food you're feeding him. I'm sure it's a cheap grocery store dry food made mostly of corn. You're also probably leaving it out all the time.
Just switch him to a grain free food and only put a small handful out twice a day. Give him a bit of canned food daily as well.
Neutering did not make the cat fat. Overfeeding made the cat fat. The cat is clearly being overfeed and may have a medical issues as well
If you leave food out for the dog, then chances are that he's eating it without your knowledge. It's not normal for cats to get fat after they've been neutered. I've had cats that have been neutered and they didn't get fat.