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post #1 of 15
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Well, I have a male cat, and a female cat.. i know one day or another.. one is going to get attracted to the other.. but i dont want to get my male cat neutered.. but is there such thing as a feline Vasectomy.. i think it would be alot easier on him and me.. i get very stressed when i think about it.. something of theirs getting cut off...
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by Troubled_Kitten
Well, I have a male cat, and a female cat.. i know one day or another.. one is going to get attracted to the other.. but i dont want to get my male cat neutered.. but is there such thing as a feline Vasectomy.. i think it would be alot easier on him and me.. i get very stressed when i think about it.. something of theirs getting cut off...
You can inquire with your vet...I suspect what you describe will cost more than a simple neuter. Neutering has a lot of benefits...an intact male can develop testicular cancer. He may also start spraying around your house (intact male pee is...ummm...pungent!!). also...you should not allow an intact male outdoors as he may end up impregnating another female.

The best time to spay/neuter your kittens is around 4/5 months of age...anything beyond 5 months is typically asking for trouble. I would see about getting your female spayed as soon as possible.

Katie
post #3 of 15
I am just curious about your hesitation to neuter. It is a simple, common procedure that only takes a few minutes. I think it is more of a risk doing anything else because that would be uncommon. Will you at least spay your female? It is a big risk waiting on that because she can get all sort of problems and cancer when she gets older if it is not done.
post #4 of 15
You can get a vasectomy on a male cat but its not advisable. While the cat won't be able to get another pregnant, he will STILL retain all the things a tom cat will do - like spraying to mark territory; still mate with females, still be aggressive. It only makes him sterile, not take away the male hormones.

Some catteries will get a male done to bring females out of heat without them being pregnant.

So in the long run you'd do better to get him neutered and have a nice cat personality wise.

Unless you are a breeder and want to improve the quality of the breed, your cats should be neutered and spayed.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
I want to do what's best and if you and others say that to neater my male and spay my female.. Even though im not too sure what that is.. if someone or you can explain it would be great.. im not too familiar with cat things.. i've only have my cat for a year.. and my other for abut 4 months... still learning that's why i signed up here.
post #6 of 15
It's very simple to do so and they don't know they difference, I promise you. You don't want to start spraying- it really stinks!!!! My mom had her dog neutered when he was 9 years old- it didn't faze him at all. (we adopted him at that age).
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I hope so.. He's already 15 months.. and i dont want to bother him and get him depressed. He's my baby... Always next to me, i don't want him to think im doing it as a punishment or something.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Troubled_Kitten
I hope so.. He's already 15 months.. and i dont want to bother him and get him depressed. He's my baby... Always next to me, i don't want him to think im doing it as a punishment or something.

I understand....here is a really good article on why to spay and why to neuter:

http://www.mahonline.com/spay%20neuter2.htm

I had my boy neutered at 5 months of age and it actually made him friendlier.

Katie
post #9 of 15
It turned out my cat had a cyst in her ovaries and was extremely mean because she was in pain, but didn't show it in any other way. We would not have known about the cysts and just assumed her to be mean if we hadn't gotten her spayed. That is when the vet found the cysts and removed it. It is really just healthier for them all around if you get them spayed and neutered when they are young. It really doesn't even phase them at all in most cases. They will not blame you and be mad at you forever. They most likely won't even know what happened to them. They are just happy to be back with you afterwards.
post #10 of 15
Welcome to TCS and thank you for listening with an open mind while you're learning. We all have all kittys' best interests in mind when we give our advice, and would never do anything bad or mean to them, or any other animal for that matter. Any surgical or preventive procedeures we recommend, are for a reason, the well being of the cat. I hope you find every answer you are looking for here, we are truly happy when we can help someone like yourself, to make cats easier to understand, therefore more enjoyable for you! Please don't hesitate to ask any question, we're here to help!
post #11 of 15
Troubled Kitten, neutering a male involves making a tiny cut in the scrotum, removing the testicles themselves and then tying off the spermatic cords. There is almost no bleeding in the procedure and most cats don't even need stitches. As others have said, the procedure is very quick and your boy should be acting normal again within a day or two.

Spaying a female involves making a small incision in the abdomen (usually around 1-2 inches), locating and removing the ovaries and uterus and then cloosing the wound with usually around 3-5 stitches that can come out in 7-10 days (the vet will tell you when). The cat will be a little sore for a couple of days but some cats are given pain medication for this if the owner requests it.

Both procedures are safe and done all around the world every day. Your cats certainly won't hate you or feel any sense of loss - they'll thank you for removing the chance of them getting any of the symptoms and illnesses associated with being entire (not spayed and neutered).
post #12 of 15
its so much kinder to spay and neuter. cats arent like humans, they dont have sexual feelings in the same way as we do.

they dont have love and romance, instead it must be like a painful itch that they are dying to scratch!

the vast, vast majority of us here have had out pets spayed/neutered and honestly, since i have been here i have not seen one person say that it has had negative effects on their cat.

most report that their pets are happier, more loving and more content.
post #13 of 15
One other thing - if you don't get them done (spayed and neutered) they run the higher risk of getting cancer or for the female pyrometria which is really nasty - cats have died from it.

The pros of neutering are:
1. No worries about kittens
2. No wanting outside to roam and find unspayed/unneutered cats to breed - and while outside get into fights with other toms or exposed to FELV, FIP, etc.
3. A happier and more loving cat - because they are more interested in attention to you rather then for another cat.
post #14 of 15
I had my male Will, who is an outside cat, neutered at about 1 year old. He was born at the farm across the street, and he moved over by us on his own. He is our alpha cat, and in charge of the 4 acre property. In a way he is my cat, but then again he is a free spirit who chose us rather than me chosing him.

I have the greatest respect for this cat. I love him dearly, and he makes me smile every time I see him. While I consider my inside male, Garfield, to be my cuddlebug baby, I consider Will differently. He hasn't acted like a baby since I met him, and he was probably 4-5 months old. I just see him more as an independent guy than a pet.

Will is in the garage every morning, at at night when I come home. But during the day he leaves, and makes his kitty rounds. I honestly have no idea what he does all day, but he has a busy life.

I did neuter Will, and regret that I waited so long that he was in 2 severe cat fights, causing injuries. His neuter made no difference in his personality. If I don't pet him enough, he still grabs me around the ankle with his paws as I walk away from him. He still makes his rounds, he still runs off any new cats.

The changes I have seen in Will are that he tolerates my other cat Josie much better. He has not been in any fights that I know of, although there are occasional yowling matches. He has had no injuries from an actual fight.
post #15 of 15
A vasectomy is technically possible but extremely unwise. He will still have all the dangerous behaviors associated with unneutered male cats, such as roaming and fighting. This puts him at greatly increased risk for getting hit by a car, getting feline leukemia or FIV (the feline version of HIV), getting awful wounds from fighting, etc.

Additionally, he will still want to mate, and this isn't a good thing for anyone involved. Sex is not pleasurable for cats - it's for breeding only. The male cat's penis has barbs on it (not kidding here) and it is quite painful for the female.

Neutering is actually no more invasive than a vasectomy, and he will be much happier and healthier by being neutered.
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