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From: ferretgm
Date: 2008-05-11 18:11:19 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] male neutering

Marking does not necessarily have to do with either scent glands or being neutered.

I had a female that was spayed at 6 months (and later descented because she *would not* pouf her scent glands - she was extremely meticulous about the state of her coat) who would mark the edges of her chosen litter boxes with urine to keep the other ferrets out, using the leg-dragging motion that males sometimes use. The amount of urine is so small I doubt you would notice it unless it were a hard non-porous object that you wiped with a white paper towel.

I also have two large late-neutered males with intact scent glands that smell quite lovely; one is prone to having oily fur and one is as fluffy as you've ever seen. They were each neutered at six months. Neither use either scent glands nor urine to mark.

I also briefly had a male from a rescue that was neutered at 6 years; he *did* have his scent glands, and he spent all of his time walking around the house, muttering (low, repetitive chuckle) and dragging his leg over everything. He and another male that I had at the time were neutered on the same day, and both had their scent glands. The 6-year-old strongly objected to my other male, and they spent all day marking everything in the house and blowing their scent glands at eachother.

So really, I think it depends on the animals involved, at to a certain extent, on how long they've been neutered, although keep in mind that long after they've been neutered, both females and males will mark with urine.

There's no reason you shouldn't go to the vet, but I think it's very unlikely that neutering, particularly late neutering, could have been botched. You might check to see if your guy has scent glands, and if they might be impacted, or whether he's in some sort of other pain that would cause the aggression.

Best regards -

manferret <> wrote: question of the day... I have a new male for several months now and he was rescued. He is
showing signs of a "HOB". he is aggressive to my two other males. he is also walking around
trying to spray everything but nothing coming out. he does not have oily hair or heavy odor.
My question is this. if he was neutered and the process was not complete, will this hurt him
until I get him to the vet this week? thanks ,,,,

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