Originally Posted by Willowy
"Neuter" simply means the removal of the reproductive organs and is properly used for both genders. Nothing incorrect about it. The correct word for sterilizing males is castrate. I don't know why Americans use "neuter" to mostly mean castrate. Of couse, I don't know why we say "spay" for an ovariohysterectomy, either.
But I like STAR, too!
The only place I ever read the word castrate was a James Harriot book. So it looks like the British word for neuter, not Americans misusing an English word. The reason we have different words for males and females is obviously they are totally different surgeries. I watched a dog lose his testes once. All they do is squeeze the testicle to pop out the testis and sew up the empty scrotum. Using two words makes sense to me.
Of course, using a monosyllabic noun people can buy, click on, and draw makes raising awareness much easier!
Originally Posted by lonepinestore
Five feral cats live in our lanai in Florida. We feed them. They come and go as they please through a cat door. Yesterday I wrote a blog with many photos. Please offer advice to take care of these beautiful animals.
This is a photo of Brutus and Cleo.
Awww, they are so cute! It would have been purrfect for the cat hugs photo contest in May.
My plan for feral cats is put them in a cat-safe yard with a pond, tree, cat grass, low-maintenance nontoxic plants, and memorial stones within a Purrfect Fence.and absolutely nothing flying insects love. It also will have something for shelter and a door to a large enclosure. That way it will be easier to figure out if a feral cat can be tamed instead of returned and if something goes wrong I can do something about it. That's very important if I have a pregnant cat because she must be tamed before her kittens are born.