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Are intact cats better hunters? — 3 Comments

  1. I think your lady point was very interesting. I neutered my males, but sometimes I wished I hadn’t. Spunky was so smart and his genes should have been passed on. Are we slowing evolution by neutering too early. Would chemical castration and contraceptives be better?

  2. The last two unneutered males in my colony were losing weight despite being fed as well as having their rodent snacks. Both were tested for FIV/FeLV and were negative. Once neutered the weight came back on them. A male cat can tomcat itself into starvation. I’ve often wondered whether the metabolism of an unneutered male is faster and burns more calories. The cats didn’t roam so it wasn’t due to hunting a distance away from their home.

  3. Neutered males will stil be producing tiny mounts of testosterone as a fractional function of other glands, it is never comletely eradicated.

    When you do a job that requires physical and mental effort, do you do the job to a better, repeatable standard when you are well nourished, well rested and alert or do you do a better job when you are starving hungry, malnourished, lacking in strengh, spending most of your life chasing females and fighting off other males whilst carrying a gut full of parasites, maybe with a few bacterial/viral infections?

    Neutered male cats that are well fed and have their welfare needs properly taken care of are very good hunters. The same applies to females.

    The cost of possibly losing the more affable personalities and their possibly affable offspring from the gene pool is more than covered I think by the tremendous improvments spay/neuter makes to the lives of cats ho undergo it.

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