Behavior

February 2006 Issue

Neutering and Behavior

You’ll have a more affectionate pet with less desire to roam in search of a mate. There are health benefits, as well. Here’s why.

Cat owners are often concerned about neutering their male or spaying their female cat. One question they sometimes ask is whether the surgery will change their family cat’s character and behavior. On this, veterinarians are virtually unanimous: Change will be significant, but it is all to the better. “In my way of thinking, it should be done for every cat,” says James Richards, DVM, director of the Cornell University Feline Health Center and Editor of…

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