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My kitten, 5 months old, spends 12 hours inside the home & 12 hours outside. There are stray dogs, kids etc who try to scare him but as of now he is able to well handle himself.

Will neutering him reduce his aggression & thereby reduce his ability to protect himself? He is not particularly a very aggressive or fighting cat, but he can handle himself.

What other behaviour changes can I expect after neutering?

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While neutering will make him less likely to start fights (because he's not competing for females and will likely be less territorial), it will not affect his ability to defend himself.

The ASPCA some additional information about neutering and its effects on personality and behaviour.

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