WARNING - THE FOLLOWING IS NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED.
So I wanted to toss a quick post in - we have moved Barney's neutering up a week - he is suddenly much more aggressive and he is, well, not to be indelicate, but he is humping things a lot (to the point where he now has a few nicknames about it). I think his hormones are starting to surge a bit, even though he is young.
See, Barney, in my opinion, has very prominent testicles for his size and age. At this age on the other three boys, they were there but they weren't THERE. Seriously, I think AC/DC wrote that song "Big Balls" about him (with some sort of weird seeing the future ability). It may be that the fur there is darker than the surrounding fur that makes them seem really obvious, but, well, they seem very visible. Especially since he will stand on my chest with his butt towards me. You don't have to try and find them - believe me! Now, he is about the same age Virgil was when he was neutered, and although Virgil would bite it was less aggressive than Barney. And Barney just got this way lately - well with that and the humping. And believe me, no one is safe (but his primary targets are Virgil, Floyd and my blanket on the bed). It used to be just the sucking and kneading - no biggie, but lately the humping has started. Now, he will also still suck on the one pillow downstairs, but it is very different when he does that - definitely a nursing action with that. He is so bitey at the moment that when I try to move him to get up in the morning it is very difficult to even pick him up from the biting.
Now, it isn't constant, and he is fine some of the time, but the biting is really getting out of hand and he just will not stop - I may need to coat my arms and the others in bitter apple if he doesn't calm down (not really). The big issue is that the other cats, who had tolerated him, are really starting to think he is a jerk - even Virgil, who would play with him all the time. But Virgil is getting miserable from him attacking constantly right now (now Virgil knows how Lola feels about him). Even I have to admit there are times that I tell him to stop being such a jerk. I love him to death, but right now I really prefer him when he is sleepy (which in the morning he is not - he wakes up before I do and waits for me) because he is calmer then - he gets a very stoned look on his face.
Ok, so if you have not had a chance, check out yesterday's Moo and Baa post - and I will have another later. I just didn't want to put all this in with that because well, it is long and about Barney's testicles - doesn't really seem appropriate for Moo and Baa!