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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2004, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Neutering at a later age? Concerns

My cat is about a year old, and he is going in to be neutered on the 25th of this month. What I am concerned about is will it change his temperament? He is such a sweet cat and very cuddly. I would hate for him to change and suddenly be aloof or something.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2004, 10:49 AM
 
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You should have no problems, a year old isn't that old to have a cat neutered, I would worry a little more if he was past the age of 2 or 3. He might be a little tempermental after the sugery for a little while, but give it time for his hormones to settle and he should return back to normal. Sometimes it can take weeks to months for their hormones to settle, so if he get's strange on you, just be patient.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2004, 10:51 AM
 
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I would neuter at any age. The benefits far outweigh the risks. I guarantee he still will be a sweetie
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2004, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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My vet had a very long waiting list, so it took forever to be able to get him neutered because they only have certain days they do neuters/spays on. Then there is someone who stays overnight to watch the animals, whereas they are closed at night most of the time. I just don't want him to loose his sweetness.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2004, 03:54 PM
 
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I wouldn't worry, In my experiences, even the sweetest kitties get sweeter after a neuter...he may be cranky and aloof for a few days while he heals but if he's anything like the cats I used to have, he'll want his mommy! Most of the pets with the exception of Lucky Jack (just because he wasn't tamed at all before I got him) always want their Mommy when they aren't feeling well. Neutering at any age for a cat far outweighs the risks. I've just always had cats neutered young so they don't get into the habit of marking territory. If he's not marking territory, you shouldn't have any problems.
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I have seen many different cats nuetered or spayed at all different ages and it has never once changed temperment for the worse. Like Mandie said they usually get sweeter. For the couple of days after the surgery they seem to be a little cranky until the medication completely wears off.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2004, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Okay, that is good news. I can certainly understand them being cranky for a while, just as long as it is not long-term.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-23-2004, 03:01 AM
 
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Yup just give it time... We had one male that was cranky for nearly 5 months, but he eventually became his sweet self again, and we have had other's that showed no change what so ever, I still think it is all about the individual kitty.....Good Luck!!!
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