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I have a few questions about getting a cat fixed.

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I have a 3 month old male cat who i would like to get fixed if it doesnt' change him. he is VERY playful. I know he might grow out of it but i don't want to think he would stay that way if i hadn't got him fixed. It might just be my dog but he was really playful untill we got him fixed, now he's lazy. I don't want my cat to run away after girls, or for what ever reason cats run off. Would getting him fixed help that? Thanks for any help.
post #2 of 12
Hi Kad and Welcome to TCS. When I got my boys fixed I didn't see any difference in the way they acted. The Sammycat aka Mr. Attitude has always been the cat who will terrorize, but a little cuddle bug when he wants to be. Oscar Dear sweet Oscar has always been super playful. He is about a year old now and he hasn't slowed down in the play department yet

Glad you found us here on TCS, now pull up a chair, kick your shoes off and stay awhile. You are always welcome at our house here
post #3 of 12
First of all, welcome to TCS ... Second, your kitten is only 3 months old so it's too soon to have him neutered... You'll have to wait until he's at least 5 months old... It will definately calm him down a lot and make him less likely to run away... it will also prevent him from spraying in your house... You also have to realize that he is only 3 months old and his personality will change over the next few months... As far as him becoming lazy... kittens are naturally inquisitive and keep themselves very busy... as he gets older it will be up to you to keep him entertained...
post #4 of 12
Originally Posted by Malakai711
Second, your kitten is only 3 months old so it's too soon to have him neutered... You'll have to wait until he's at least 5 months old...
Actually most vets will "fix" kittens between 8 and 12 weeks old so this one isn't too young, no offence meant at all

Your kitten won't change from being neutered, other than that he won't try to get outside to find females, or spray your house, both good things
He is young so expect him to "slow down" as he gets older, its just what cats (and dogs) do.. Please neuter this boy, its better for him and you in the long run~
post #5 of 12
As the others have already said, the only changes you will notice are ones you'd want anyway. I have always kept neutered cats and without exception they have all enjoyed playing, even up to old age. Talking of which, neutering your boy will more than likely mean he gets into less fights (with other toms over females) therefore, less abscesses etc., therefore his life will likely be longer than if you don't have him 'done'.
It sounds like you are having fun with him - kittens are great aren't they?

post #6 of 12
As others have mentioned, neutering will not alter his personality one ounce...[at least not negatively].

It will protect him from some medical conditions in the future, and more importantly is one of the best things you can do for him.

Most vets will s/n as early as 8 weeks, and the practice has been studied and proven for more than a decade now.

There are no benefits to waiting, nor are there any benefits to leaving him intact.

Please get him neutered ASAP

post #7 of 12
Actually, neutering your kitten is one of the best ways to extend his kittenish playfulness. He will never develop the adult male cat characteristics - one of which is a strong focus on mating behaviour rather than playing behaviour. Keep playing with him and even though he will slow down as an aging adult he should still be playful into aged cathood:-). So, yes, get him neutered. He is old enough now but you should definitely get him done before he becomes sexually mature - which can happen as young as 4 months - especially as we approach spring.

post #8 of 12
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I hope you can read this part. I went and found when he was born i have no idea why i keep thinking he is 3 months old, he was born on labor day 04. I live in a small town, there are a lot of cats, but there really is no need to keep fences unless you have cattle. and it would cost to much. Any way i didn't want to get him fixed and he run off. Do they stay closer to the house after they are fixed? Him and my chichuhua love to play, when George, the ch, wants to. Oliver is the cat. He is different shades of orange, kinda like a tiger, his stirpes are slitley darker than the rrest of him and his tummy is white. from this point on i think i will talk about him so you can skip it I'll put any questions in a color. His mom stoped nursing him and his brothers and sisteres when he was five weeks old . She couldn't feed them much before that so i had to give them cream and water with some other things in it. Something happened to his mom, she usally ran to the door ESPIOCALLY when i had milk and stuff to feed the kittens, well anyway she didn't run to me. she just stood there and watched. i checked on her again before i went to bed and she was in the cage i had on the porch laying there. She didn't seem to mind the kittens that much but she moved into the old kidy stove and was laying in there the next morning. I was afarid she would dehdrate b.c she wasn't eating or drinking anything, and she was complety dry, of milk for the babys. I squarted her some milk in her mouth like i had done to a previous cat that got hurt. She seemed to be getting better and was up and eating in a couple of days. She had a litter of 5 a few months before and nused them until they were at least ten weeks old may be longer. My mom gave her and Olivers siblings to the human socitey including one from the previous litter. We still have one girl that NEEDS to be fixed when i get the money. She is very shy and doesn't like a lot of noise or strange people. Her and Oliver play all the time. And get along a lot better than me and my siblings. Sorry to boring you if you read this far and sorry for the spelling.
post #9 of 12
KAD, if you don't get him neutered, he will run off. During breeding season, he will run off (as far as 20 miles if he has to) in order to find all the females in heat so he can mate to them. During this time where he is following his instinct, he will be susceptible to disease, cat fights (other tomcats will fight him for the females) or one will run him off far away from your home. PLEASE get him neutered. I rescue strays and ferals privately and any tomcat that shows up here does not stay a tomcat for long. I have never had a male cat neutered run off on me after the surgery.
post #10 of 12
We still have one girl that NEEDS to be fixed when i get the money. She is very shy and doesn't like a lot of noise or strange people. Her and Oliver play all the time.
They'll be doing more than playing if you don't hurry! Then they'll be more kittens to take to the humane society!
post #11 of 12
Removal of the ovaries and uterus FELINE NEUTER
Removal of the testicles and spermatic cord
* Ideal age is 4-6 months, but very beneficial even if your kitty is older * Ideal age is 4-6 months, but very beneficial even if your kitty is older
* Cats have a less than 1% chance of developing breast cancer if spayed before the first heat cycle * Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
* If spayed after one heat cycle, kitty has an 8% chance of developing breast cancer * Greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis
* If spayed after two heat cycles, the risk increases to 26% * Reduces the risk of perianal tumors
* After two years, no protective benefit exists against breast cancer * Reduces roaming and fighting
* Kitties with diabetes or epilepsy should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that may interfere with medication * Eliminates or reduces spraying (territorial marking)
* Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer * Eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases
* Eliminates unwanted pregnancies * Eliminates unwanted litters




* Cause laziness or hyperactivity

* Reduce your pet's instinct to protect your family and home

* Cause immature behaviors

* Postpone or delay normal behavioral maturity

* Alter your pet's personality in any manner

Your vet and his staff will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about spaying or neutering your pet. Please do not hesitate to discuss your concerns, and please do not hesitate to inform and educate yourself and others about the benefits of spaying and neutering.




* "My pet will get fat or lazy"

Spaying or neutering may diminish your pet's activity level because the natural tendency to wander is diminished. Pets who become overweight after spaying or neutering are usually those that are over-fed and not encouraged to exercise. It's up to you to ensure proper diet and exercise for your pet to reduce the chance of becoming overweight.

* "My pet's personality will change"

Altering actually decreases aggressive or dominant behaviors and will also help reduce roaming or wandering tendencies, which is, of course, much safer for your pet

* "I want my children to witness the 'miracle of birth' "

Any unnecessary intrusions during pregnancy and birthing can cause a great deal of stress on a mother kitty, thereby increasing the potential for her to neglect her newborn litter. Agressive behaviors can also stem during pregnancy and birth and possibly cause injury to children. Educate your children through literature, and allow them to visit or tour veterinary hospitals, zoos, and other animal related outlets to give them a sense of the facts of life and a sense of responsibility. Teaching begins with YOU, please be responsible

* "We can make money by selling kittens/puppies"

Even the most educated, experienced, and caring breeders are lucky if they can "break even" when dealing with the costs of stud fees, vaccinations, pet food costs, unexpected emergencies, and other health care costs. Please leave breeding to those responsible, professional breeders who care about the breeds and also try to improve the standard of the breeds they raise

* "I'm concerned about my pet undergoing anesthesia"

Although there are risks with ANY surgery or procedure that involves anesthesia, the anesthetics currently used by vets are very safe. Pre-surgical blood screen tests are also available to determine your pet's candidacy for anesthesia (and also determines liver and kidney function). Most vets use monitoring equipment that monitors the heart and respiratory rates of your pet during the course of anesthesia. Please discuss your concerns with your vet and he will be happy to help you in understanding the procedure, what's involved and the benefits



More than 4 MILLION pets are euthanized in U.S animal shelters and humane societies each year simply because not enough homes are available. Many are kittens and puppies less than 6 months old. Help stop this needless loss of life.
Please do your part,



I ask for the priveledge of not being born.....
not to be born until you can assure me
of a home and a master to protect me,
and the right to live as long as
I am physically able to enjoy life.....
not to be born until my body is precious
and men have ceased to exploit it
because it is cheap and plentiful.

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post #12 of 12
hi and welcome

when i got my cat marsh fixed, i didn't see any changes either, he's exactly the way he was before the surgery.

I dont' think you'll see any changes, good luck.
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