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Issue with my male dog wanting to hump my (fixed) male cat suddenly??? I have 2 male dogs (labs)--they are not fixed. I have 2 cats (male, and both fixed).

My dogs and cats get along very well. I've had my cats for 1 year and my dogs for almost 8 years.

So here is the of my cats goes outside every night. Recently (about 4 days ago), one of my cats came back in the morning (for breakfast, like he normally does), and one of my dogs got extremely hyper and wants to lick him constantly, and then wants to hump him constantly. (he doesn't hurt my cat, but he gets very excited (as he would around a female dog in heat).

My husband mentioned maybe the cat has been around a female dog in heat in our neighborhood..(maybe when the cat goes out at night, and hangs around this female dog)? There cant be any other reason why my dog suddenly smells a "female dog in heat" on my cat...I know this is also first we thought it was...but now it has gotten to the point where my dog won't leave him alone, and I have to keep the cat in a separate room.

I tried using cat (dry shampoo) on him to maybe try and mask the smell...but every time he comes back in the mornings, my dog acts the same (hyper, and wants to lick him and hump him..sigh).

Note---my other dog doesn't seem to give a rats butt about the cat, but my other one just wants to mound him. It's frustrating.

I thought maybe the smell would go away, but I have no idea why my cat is suddenly giving this scent off to my dog????

My question is:

How to get this "female dog scent" off my cat (if that's what it is, and it can't be any other explanation since there is no way a male dog would naturally want to hump a fixed male cat suddenly after knowing him for 1 year and never acting like this before).

We don't own any other pets that are female. I don't have any clue where this other female dog lives, and I'm frustrated to get this "scent" off him, because my dog just won't listen.

(Yes, we need to get them fixed, but that is not the advice I am seeking). I need to know if there is anything I can do or a special spray offered to take this scent off my cat?) A bath is out of the question...but I'm just really lost about this?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:12 AM on Mar. 13, 2011 in Pets

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  • It might have to do with the age of your dog. If they arent fix they can hump about anything, smell or no smell. To stop it get them fixed and hopefully the habit hasnt set in yet. If it has even getting them fixed wont always help.

    Answer by gemgem at 10:46 AM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • We had our lab fixed as soon as we could. She llived for 15 years and humped her entire life..

    Answer by meooma at 10:51 AM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • The issue is this just started happening RECENTLY...We've had our cats for 1 year..and my dogs have never reacted to one of them like this it's most likely that our cat has been hanging around a female dog at night perhaps that is in heat..otherwise,,,my dog has NEVER acted this way with him before. We do need to get them fixed--but both my dogs have NEVER had a "humping" issue before..this is why it is strange to us.

    My cat just wondered inside a few days ago (and usually my dogs never act this way) this was sudden. I need to know if there is a special way to get this "scent" off my friend suggested using vinegar...but I don't know if that would work...sigh...

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:55 AM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • I wouldn't be asking this question if it was about another female dog...but the reason why this is annoying is because this is our FIXED MALE cat that my dog has already been around for 1 whole year..and never wanted to hump him before....but suddenly now "does"...and it has to be due to our dog smelling a female dog scent on him somehow....sorry..just frustrated :(

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:58 AM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • Animals hump each other in a display of Dominance over the other. Simple as that. Being fixed or male or femal has nothing to do with it in the animal kingdom. It is strictly a dominance thing.

    Answer by vbruno at 11:21 AM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • no one has answered my question yet...sigh.............I know why animals hump..but why is my dog "Suddenly" wanting to hump my cat so much NOW?????????? He keeps "smelling" him as if my cat smells like a female dog...???????????? This JUST started happening.............................???????? We've had our cat for 1 year now...

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 11:24 AM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • The cat could be rolling in smells outside, so every night you let him out he rolls in the scent. Could be urine from a female dog or similar that gets your male dog excited.
    The only way to stop his humping is to get him fixed or to no longer allow the cat outside.
    There are a number of reasons why it is suddenly happening now. Maybe a neighbor got a new dog, or a new cat. Even if your male cat is fixed he can still be rubbing up against a female cat in heat which would also excite the dog.
    It can also be a dominance thing, each night you let your cat out and it comes back with different smells on him which would excite a more dominate animal and cause it to remind the other one who is boss.
    Unfortunately there is nothing you can use to "mask" any new odors other then the dry shampoo which clearly isn't working. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell so there is nothing you can really do

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:24 PM on Mar. 13, 2011

  • It sounds like this has nothing to do with "lady dog smell" and everything to do with dominant behavior. Your cat wanders every night and comes home carrying smells that don't match the house. This triggers the instinct to "remind him where/to whom he belongs and that's how they do it. Also, some dogs just find one thing they like to hump. fixed or not, your cat may just be something he likes to hump. This can happen suddenly and without warning, though with most dogs it's usually furniture, a toy or a stuffed animal instead of another living thing. In any case, I would get him fixed asap (if you weren't already planning to do it soon because you have said you are going to) and try and correct the behavior. If you put him on leash with a correction collar, when the cat walks in and he starts to sniff, give the leash a quick pop and release with a firm no. continue this until he loses interest in the cat.

    Answer by MamaStuart at 9:22 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

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