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Columbia Chemically Castrates Their Cats — 7 Comments

  1. It’s my understanding that the desire to mate pretty much stays intact because there is no change to testosterone levels.

    If this method continues and includes cats, caretakers need to be completely informed and weigh their decisions carefully.

    The benefits to this as opposed to traditional neutering is no general anesthesia, quick and easy (can be done in the field), inexpensive, nearly painless. Because testosterone isn’t altered, there is less risk for some cancers, less risk of obesity and muscle mass loss (very important is helping prevent arthritis in later life).

    I know that the sound of injecting a chemical can be unnerving; but, I would be weighing whether I wanted my pet to have a chemical introduced locally or if I preferred chemicals (anesthesia) injected systemically.

    At this point, I feel that this method would be best for feral cats or even shelter cats as opposed to domesticated. It may be OK for an only cat household; but, that needs to be addressed by someone else here. I don’t know a thing about one cat households.

    Zeuterin is now FDA approved, but other drugs have been and were found to be problematic down the road.

  2. I read about dogs being sterilised with this stuff but not cats and I’m with those worrying about the long term effects.
    Not only that, but does it remove the urge to mate? I don’t see how it can, so male dogs are still going to feel the urge if there’s a bitch in heat around and Tom cats are still going to have the instinct to roam and find a Queen in heat and to fight his rivals for the fair lady.
    The very word ‘chemicals’ sends a shiver down my spine and I don’t like this idea at all.

    • As usual, Ruth, you make some good points. The problem with chemical castration is, as you say, we don’t know really whether there will be any long-term effects and also as you say, does it stop the urges because if not, all the good things that come about because of conventional neutering won’t happen.

  3. But is it safe? It’s seems a frightening thing to do in my opinion, instant and irreversible, how do they know it stays where it is put, what happens if it destroys other cells? How many dogs were used at experimentation stages, are they still living? There is no way in this world I would allow any animal of mine to be treated in this way, it might be a good thing, it might be a very, very good thing, but this old timer doesn’t like the idea of it one teeny little bit.

    • I’m with you Babs – is it safe? Sounds extremely unsafe – if it can kill cells then I am scared of it – that’s for sure.

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