Did i ruin male feral relationship ?

m935

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I just tnred a feral male. He's been around for months. He got along with other 2 until he started getting aggressive towards other neutered male. Today was 1st day all 3 were together since his surgery. Other male saw him and ran. I feel terrible. They were at one time touching noses. How can that happen again if other is so fearful of him?
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I think they just smelled a different scent on his coat, a scent of clinic, with meds, chemicals, other hands smell, fear, hormones and so on.
I am sure everything will be fine in a few days ;)
 

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I agree with Antonio65 Antonio65 . He has a different smell. I realize that you feel bad and we all do when they come back from TNR and act differently but they usually do come around. It is still a much better thing you did to get him fixed even if he does not agree.
 
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Thanks but that's not what i meant. Did i neuter him too late in terms of aggression with other cat who is now scared of him. Meaning they got along... He got comfortable and territorial then fought with older cat. Now that he's neutered and hopefully calmer... Will that matter or change if other cat runs from him anyway.
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It will take about 30 days for all the testosterone to get out of his system, so you won't see an immediate change in his behaviour. He will gradually become less aggressive though, so the other cats will learn that he's not a threat anymore.

Are the other cats all neutered too?
 

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they aren't afraid of his aggression if he didn't attack them after returning, they are afraid of him because he smells different from the vet, and that takes days to disappear. They will learn to trust him again, but they remember his earlier aggression. They will all get along again in time......
 
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THANK YOU!!! Yes, all are neutered. So... if the one who runs from him now... he'll eventually "smell" that he doesnt need to be afraid/run anymore??? I just feel how will he know that the other is calmer if he doesnt get close enough. :)
 

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I think it will work out. Cats know when another one is fixed after about 30 days.
 

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Yes, the new neutered one will eventually smell like he did, and when he is no longer aggressive to them within 30 days when all his hormones have left his body, they will all get along much better.
 
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