Cat Neuter Surgery

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What is a cat neuter surgery?  
Questions and answers about the cat neuter surgery.
The neuter surgery in dogs and cats usually refers to castration of male animals even though spaying of females "neuters" the female pet, too.  The medical term is orchiectomy... castration.  There are well established medical and sociological reasons supporting neutering dogs and cats.  The surgery is usually done at about six months of age... before the tomcat starts male hormone-driven behaviors such as urine scent marking (it smells awful!), roaming the neighborhood, and fighting with other male cats.

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  I just adopted from the shelter two little kittens.  I plan to have the female spayed but than I shouldn't really need to neuter the male, should I?

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Answer:   cat... neuter... surgery... why
     The main reason cat owners... especially of indoor cats... have their tomcat neutered is to eliminate the incredible odor that is associated with male cat urine.  The amino acid felinine is one of the responsible odor-producers and is found only in male cat urine.  Usually within a week or two after neutering the urine should have much less offensive odor.
     Another good reason is that indoor spayed/neutered cats won't scent mark "their territory", although in multi-cat households some neutered and spayed cats will occasionally spritz an object in the home.  Be aware of potential bladder problems in these post-surgery spritzers.
     Neutered male cats are far less likely to be aggressive or fight with other cats.
     No... neutering cats does not make them fat and lazy!  Most cats are nappers and watchers anyway although some do stay active all day.  If you cat (or dog) is overweight it is due to consuming more calories than it needs.  Period!  

              Doctor's Notes
     Any cat or dog that seems to be inappropriately urinating indoors should have a urine sample checked.  You may think the cat is "misbehaving" because she's just mad at something or is marking the territory, but a high percentage of these cats do have a UTI... urinary tract infection.    


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The scrotum is incised and the testicle is pulled through the incision The testicle is freed from the scrotum and ligatures placed around the spermatic cord and vessels  A scalpel excises the testicle 
just beyond the ligature
Medication is placed
into the incision

Related Question:
I've been told that if  my male kitty is neutered he will get some kind of stones or minerals in his urine that could plug him up.  If this happens he could die or will need surgery to keep it from happening.  Is this true? 





Answer:  cat... struvite crystals... neuter
    This theory (myth) has proven to be true.  Some male and female cats do excrete urine that has a higher than average potential to develop tiny mineralized crystals.  Usually these crystals are voided in the urine, but if bacteria are present or the cat drinks very little water the tiny crystals bind together with other substances in the urine and increase in size, sort of like hail stones in a thundercloud.
    These accumulations of minerals are called urinary calculi and the most common one in cats is called a struvite stone.  They can be the size of a grain of salt or as big as a marble.
  The blockage happens in males, neutered or not, more than females due to the longer and more narrow urethra (the tube running from the bladder to the "outside") in male cats.  If mucous, bacteria, and tiny crystals get started along the urethra during urinating but become entrapped in the very narrow penile urethra, a blockage can occur.  Yes, these episodes can be serious but a switch to a select therapeutic diet eliminates about 95% of these blocking episode.   Have a urine sample checked at least once a year!


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