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Neutering - Wikipedia
Neutering , from the Latin neuter 'of neither sex' ,  is the removal of an animal's reproductive organ , either all of it or a considerably large part. The male-specific term is castration , while spaying is usually reserved for female animals. Colloquially, both terms are often referred to as fixing. Modern veterinary practice tends to use the term de-sexing. Neutering is the most common method for animal sterilization. Humane societies , animal shelters , and rescue groups urge pet owners to have their pets neutered to prevent the births of unwanted litters , which contribute to the overpopulation of unwanted animals in the rescue system.
How to Tell if Your Pet Cat has Been Spayed or Neutered
Having your cat fixed is a responsible way to control pet population as well as cat behavior. Spaying and neutering has also been shown to reduce the chance of cancer in the reproductive organs of your feline friend. Here are some ways to ascertain their condition:. If you get an adult cat, though, it can be difficult to tell if this process has already taken place.
The reasons given are always the same, to prevent unwanted babies and long-term health benefits, including a reduction in cancer. Like dry food, parasite control, annual boosting and casual steroid shots, these things are not without consequence for the patient and rarely are the consequences ever discussed with the owner. People should be able to make decisions based on all the facts available, not just some of them.