Saturday, March 06, 2010

Neutering older tom cats

Boris is out in the print version of Weekender, the Star's Saturday supplement today. For those of you who are interested in reading up more on neutering tomcats, check out these resources.

For a quick Q&A about what happens during neutering, and how if affects your kitty, check out Pawprints.

For cheap neutering clinics, ask Klinik Kembiri in Selangor, or call your local SPCA for a list of place near you. I don't have all the numbers but you can try calling this list to ask for info.

Now, when researching the sidebar for this week, I asked The Clinical Animal Behavior Service - UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, what they thought about neutering older tomcats. They said to read,

Effects of castration on fighting, roaming, and urine spraying in adult male cats.
Hart BL, Barrett RE
J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1973 Aug 1;163(3):290-2

This study demonstrates that cats that are castrated as an adult decrease their urine marking behavior just as significantly as those that are castrated to prevent problem behaviors. The problematic behavior can decrease quickly or slowly, and there is no way to tell if your cat will be in the 'quick' category.

I can't find the original paper online anywhere, but there is this followup that is excellent!

Determining the optimal age for gonadectomy of dogs and cats
Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN 55108. (Kustritz)

There Are Too Many Unwanted Kittens. Don't Litter, Neuter!


Mekkan said...

Hi! This topic sounds interesting and informative even for me who don't live with cats. A friend of mine had her cats castrated when they were small. Maybe I can ask if she've noticed anything about what I read here. It's always exciting to know something new. Have a lovely weekend.

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Thank you for this information. Mom has often wondered about our Sandusky. He was neutered very young.

We hope that you have a good weekend.

Pam said...

Our neighbor's cat is not neutered and he comes over and sprays items in my garage all the time!
Otherwise, he is a very sweet cat.

Anya said...

Interesant Ellen :-)
Ik wens je veel succes !!!!

Knuffels voor iedereen
Kareltje =^.^=

~CovertOperations78~ said...

That's very helpful information, Ellen! Thanks! Now we can confidently tell others involved in our stray cat neutering programme that it is safe to neuter old cats.


Very good information, I found it interesting!

Andree said...

It's pretty interesting that older toms may stop spraying. Hasn't happened with me, but it's interesting!

Andree's Cats on Tuesday

Unknown said...

Hi - Thanks for the great blog. I also wanted to let you know that J Am Vet Med Assoc. articles only went online in 2000, so unfortunately anything before that is only in print.