Why Does My Neutered Cat Hump Things?

Humping behavior in surgically sterilized cats is normal behavior in both male and female cats.

You followed your veterinarian's advice and had your cat neutered (surgically sterilized so he is unable to reproduce). So it's understandable that you were shocked the first time you saw him humping his toy bunny. Or your other cat. Or your leg. It can be funny sometimes but it can also be embarrassing or irritating. It has you throwing your arms in the air and wondering, "Why does my neutered cat hump things?"

There are a few different reasons that cats may display humping behavior (grabbing an object, another cat, or a human body part with their teeth, holding on with the front paws, and thrusting) even after they have been surgically sterilized. Note: Humping behavior is seen in both male and female cats.

Humping is usually a normal behavior in cats but it can be annoying to humans. If you can identify which of the above circumstances may be behind your cat's humping habit, you can use the knowledge to curb the behavior.

Don't use negative (punishment based) methods if you attempt to stop your cat's humping behavior. They don't work and may make the situation worse if it is related to stress. Use positive reinforcement techniques any time you are trying to modify your cat's actions. Give rewards when your cat does what you want him to do. For instance, when you see him showing signs that he is about to hump his blanket, distract him with a toy and give him lots of praise for playing instead.

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