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!