Does neutering lead to any adverse effects on health or behavior?
There are many misconceptions about the effects of neutering on health and behavior. Neutered males are no more likely to become fat or lazy provided they receive a proper diet and adequate exercise. With less roaming, fighting, mating, calorie intake may have to be reduced and alternative forms of play and activity provided. Behaviors that have developed independent of hormonal influences such as hunting are not affected. Regardless of age at which it is performed, neutering does not have any effect on physical development, (overall height and weight, urethral size). Although neutering prior to puberty appears to have similar effects to neutering post-puberty, every attempt should be made to neuter prior to puberty before the cat develops new problems, experiences and habits. Feline Spay/Neuter Links for Additional Information: Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Don’t Litter – Spay and Neuter Page URL: http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/neutering.html Resource References: Much, m