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Effects of Castrating a Cat (and a man) — 6 Comments

  1. The point that I’m making in this article is that I do not believe that we fully appreciate the behavioural and anatomical changes that take place when we neuter a male domestic cat. The idea was to compare what we think about neutering a domestic cat with the stated effects of neutering a male human being are. When you think about the effect that castration has on a male human being it makes you wonder what the effects of it are upon a male domestic cat because at a fundamental level the same things are happening. There is a removal of testosterone from the body and I don’t think people give enough thought about what this means and its effects.

  2. I think I understand what you’re asking, Gainny.
    I live in the U.S., so I’m not certain. But, I’m guessing that the U.K. really may have an adoption condition that makes having outdoor access available to cats. As opposed to us, cats are free to roam there.
    As you state, most rescue adoptions here mandate that cats remain indoors.

    • Dee, I did not fully answer the question of this lady. It is not true that in England you have to have outdoor access before you can adopt a cat. The difference here is that people usually let their cats go outside because of a cultural difference.

  3. We can’t keep indoor cats without neutering and spaying. The unaltered adult male sprays, an acrid, intolerable smell. The adult female repeatedly goes into heat, yowling incessantly. An apartment-dweller without an outdoor space cannot live with a natural cat. Like everything else, it’s a trade-off.

    I once read a magazine article that said in England you have to have outdoor access to adopt a cat; is that true? When I got my guy, I had to promise never to let him out (not that there’s any place for him to go).

    • Thanks for commenting. I agree that neutering male cats is pretty well essential but I am not sure we fully understand how it changes the male cat and I think neutering affects the male more than the female.

    • I am sorry that I did not answer your question in the last paragraph of your comment. It is not true that a person has to have outdoor access before they can adopt a cat in the UK. The only difference is that in the UK people tend to let their cats go outside. This is a cultural difference but there is no obligation to either keep your cat indoors or to let your cat go outside.

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