Originally Posted by cjh27
it would be wonderfull if it did work
, I just don't believe it will.
I don't think they will be able to turn off the reproductive organs of a female cat with a single dosis delivered by a pill. For this you'd have to target these tissues specifically and somehow turn them off or destroy them.
You can turn off reproduction by giving hormones, for example estrogen and progestin- but this requires a continious dosis of hormones. Otherwise you'd have to change the genetic code in these cells- and that's science fiction at this point in time. To destroy a certain type of cell you'd have to be able to target them and then re- program the cells to undergoe apoptosis- this also might be possible in the future, but I doubt it will be in the near future. Trying to sell genetic engeneering to cat owners would also be difficult- most people aren't all that happy with GM crops.
If it where that easy to avoid surgery in generall it would be done with other medical issues. Generally speaking- if you want to avoid or put off surgery to be done at a later time point by using pills this usually requires you to continiously take that pill.
I understand the need for a devils advocate every so often
But honestly, the only reason this hasn't really happened yet is because there has been no money put into the research. No big bucks, the work just doesn't get done, that's how research works.
I work in drug discovery, targeting the brain for neurological disorders, so there are ways to target one organ and not the others, not saying it's easy, but it is do-able. Once science has figured it out,then you're done for decades to come.
Originally Posted by Willowy
I DID know someone who neutered her cat (farm cat) with a rubberband. It didn't look quite right, maybe part of his penis was removed as well? I'm not sure. I understand there's a significant risk of tetanus with that method (livestock are given a tetanus shot when the band is put on), so that would be something to think about. Plus a lot of cats would pick at the area, and that could be a problem.
ugggh this is sick. And hopefully if we find a quick, easy and cost effective method (I think an injection would be much better then a pill) then these sort of sick things won't happen (as much) anymore.