After Spaying Cat Behavior; What to Expect


by Cindy Smith


Spaying a cat improves its healthcare and prevents life-threatening health conditions from developing. Moreover, after spaying, a female cat does not get unwanted pregnancies. However, some cat owners worry about how spaying may affect their pet’s behavior. It is normal to get nervous about your favorite pet, especially when unsure how spaying may impact the cat’s life. Continue reading this article to know the behavior changes you should expect after spaying a cat behavior.

Table of Contents

Behavior Changes After Neutering Cats

After neutering, a cat undergoes hormonal changes reflected in behavior changes. It is important to ensure that you do not confuse these changes with illness or stress-related changes.

Reduced Roaming Behaviors

The behavior normally happens when a cat is in heat or oestrus. A female cat can roam far away from the house in search of a male during the mating season.

Typically, a cat on heat will not come back home until the mating happens. The cats are exposed to numerous dangers when roaming, especially in a new neighborhood. There are cases where cats get lost when crossing the roads.

However, spayed cats have a complete change of behavior and stay within the house during the mating season.

A cat undergoing spaying

(A cat undergoing spaying)

Calmer Temperament

When female cats are in heat, they are easily irritable because of the hormonal changes in their body. Some of the irritable behavior you may notice include; restlessness, aggression, and needy behavior.

Thankfully, spaying a cat can make it calmer. The cat will not acquire a new personality but will be more friendly. 

Reduced Unwanted Urination

Normally, male cats have more unwanted urination behavior than female cats.

Fortunately, spaying a female cat reduces its urination frequency. When on heat, female cats’ urine has pheromones. The purpose of the pheromones is to inform the male cats in the area that the females are on heat.

Therefore, when you spay your female cat, there will be less cleaning. Consequently, you will have a cleaner, more hygienic, and less smelly home.

The neutering operation

(The neutering operation)

Loss of Heat Associated Behaviors

When on heat, female cats exhibit a lot of undesirable behaviors. As the female cats try to communicate with their males, their vocalizations are noises to the owners and the neighborhood.

Moreover, female cats, when in heat, are restless. Some will play and rub themselves against the couch and other items within the house. In the process, the cats leave behind pheromones while trying to communicate with others. Hence, your couch may get smelly.

Thankfully, when you spay the cat, these behaviors stop immediately. 

A cat after a neutering procedure

(A cat after a neutering procedure)

A Cat’s Recovery After Neutering

The neutering process has an immense impact on the hormones of a cat. It is typical for cats to have side effects from the anesthesia and the procedure itself. Some common side effects include; vomiting, lethargy, nausea, and discomfort.

First, take the necessary precautionary measures to smoothen the recovery process. It would be best to keep the cat in the darkroom because the eyes may be sensitive to light after the neutering procedure.

Second, limit the food intake of the cat to reduce vomiting. You can give it water and food in small bits as you observe the progress.

Third, bring their litter box closer to reduce the distance they usually go to relieve themselves.

Finally, ensure the cat does not run, jump or go out of the house within the first week after the neutering procedure, as it may delay the healing process.

A cat after being injected with anesthesia

(A cat after being injected with anesthesia)

 After Spaying Cat Behavior: What to Watch After Neutering Your Cat

While the side effects are normal, they should subside within 48 hours.

Moreover, ensure that the cat is urinating or defecating within 72 hours after neutering. If not, contact a veterinarian for assistance.

Furthermore, it would be best if you were closely monitoring the incision site to ensure there is no bleeding after the procedure. If you notice blood after 24 hours, it would be best to seek medical care.

Caring for a cat during recovery

(Caring for a cat during recovery)


Spaying cats is important to avoid unwanted pregnancies. However, the procedure results in crucial changes in the behavior of the cats.

Some changes are beneficial, such as reduced roaming and a calmer temperament.

Always ensure that your cat does not develop complications during recovery.

If you need more information about cat spaying, you can contact us.