Need advice re. stray kitty
Here's the situation: A little stray cat took up residence underneath one of the neighbor's sheds. She is not a cat person and does not want any pets anyway because she is in the process of selling her house. But she felt sorry for kitty and started feeding him.
We contacted the local TNR for her, but she had to go out of town for 2 weeks, so we ended up taking him to the TNR assigned vet and had him tested (he is healthy except for an infection for which he got an antibio shot), neutered, vaccination, ear mite and flea treatment.
He's been staying on our screened porch to recover and he is the most loving, sweet, affectionate cat. At least until he is around other cats. Then, he gets very upset, starts growling and going into defensive mode.
Most of our kitties just look at him and avoid him, but our 5 year old former alley cat wants to kick his butt, he stalks him and tries to pounce on him, which does not go over too well. We've been doing our best to keep them separated, but it is difficult because it is currently so hot in TX that everyone has to be in the house during the day. Little stray does spend the night on the porch once it gets cooler, around 10 pm.
We are trying really, really hard to find a home for him, but I am wondering if the cat aggressive/fearful behavior will likely decrease once his hormones have decreased from being neutered? A home without other pets would be ideal, of course, but that will probably be impossible unless we get really lucky.
Also, since he gets so fearful/defensive when other cats are around, we probably have to be careful to not get bitten/scratched? How do you protect yourself from that when he is on one's lap, for example?
Any advice would be much appreciated!!