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Why are cats released as part of “spay and release” programs?

There is a feral cat in my neighborhood, It will not come near anyone, but will eat food if placed out for it. Someone mentioned a program called "Spay and Release". It seems like the idea is to ...
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How does early desexing affect my cats?

There's a lot of information online debating the optimal age to de-sex a cat. We adopted two 16-week-old kittens, a brother and sister, from a shelter. They were already desexed. I am wondering ...
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How to tell sex of a rabbit and tell whether it is spayed/neutered?

I found a domesticated rabbit on the side of a bike trail in a park. I've had it 12 hours and contacted local rescue / police in case someone reports it missing. While I take care of it, I have a few ...
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What is most appropriate age to neuter/spay a cat?

What is the most appropriate age to neuter or spay a cat? Does gender, way he behaves, time of year, anything else affect it? There is a related question, which I think should be linked, but doesn't ...
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Scholarly article on health effects of spaying a dog

Today I've been told by the vet to consider spaying our almost 3-year-old Jindo dog. We haven't spayed the dog for four reasons: A while back, doing some light research on google (meaning I only read ...
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What can I do when the cone of shame is too heavy?

Our puppy Dachshund had an Ovarihysterectomy performed on Monday (she was spayed). She has a small (approximately 2 inch) sutured scar on her belly. She was given a cone to wear and we were asked to ...
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Does neutering have any negative effect on the health of a dog?

After asking Can a dog contract a sexually transmitted infection?, I want to advise my friend to neuter his dog and I want to do the same with my own dog. I want to ensure my dog is still safe, so I ...
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What is the optimal age to neuter a male dog?

It seems de-sexing a male dog will assist in preventing undesirable behaviors that can surface with an entire male dog; for example aggression, roaming, cocking the leg to urinate. Is this true? If ...
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What is the benefit of an ovarian-sparing spay?

What is the benefit of an ovarian-sparing spay? It seems like this would be a great way to avoid Pyometra but also keep the benefits of hormones. Ovarian cancer would still be a risk but I don't know ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of using Zeuterin or a product like it for neutering a dog?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of using Zeuterin or a product like it for neutering a dog? Zeutrin is a product that chemically castrates a male dog via an injection directly to the center of the ...
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Side-effects of spaying or neutering a cat?

What are the potential side-effects of spaying or neutering a cat?
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How soon after giving birth can a cat be spayed?

The cat is pregnant and we want to get her spayed, we don't want her to accidentally get pregnant again nor do we want to put her or the kittens at risk. How long do we need to wait? If she is still ...
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Will a neutered cat continue to mount a female in heat?

Is the mounting behavior solely hormonal, or will her scent be enough to drive him to it? Would getting a cat neutered have any effect on the behavior?
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Why do neutered dogs still show sexual signs?

My dogs are both neutered - however they both still hump people, objects, and even each other. Sometimes they even get aroused. Is this a sign of dominance? Or is it a sexual thing?
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How dangerous is for a female cat to never be spayed?

My female cat is about 3 years old. I have been advised to desex it for the sake of its own health (cancer and infections of the urinal tract). How significant would be the health benefits to it?
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How does a cat's personality change by having kittens?

I'm pretty sure that having kittens (and nursing them, etc) changes a female cat both physically and mentally. Exactly how it changes the cat is not quite clear to me. To me a female cat that has had ...
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Whether and how to minimise physical activity of female dog immediately following desexing operation?

For the initial days following a de-sexing operation, vets often instruct an owner to try to minimize a female dog's physical activity. There might be, for example, 10 days between the operation and ...
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What are the arguments against neutering a guinea pig?

My cavy is interacting poorly with my rabbits and it seems to primarily be based around hormones. The shelter that I rescued my guinea pig doesn't fix their guinea pigs because they claim they are "...
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Is it healthier for a cat to breed before being spayed or neutered?

I am debating when to neuter my male cat and I wonder if waiting until after he's mated with my female cat would be best for both of them. I found this study that suggests that because the hormones ...
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How does one determine when a female dog is appropriate to be spayed?

We have What is the optimal age to neuter a male dog? , but nothing about spaying female dogs. I have heard several options about when to spay a female dog; most revolve around the age of 6 months, ...
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How long after neutering will a male cat continue to mark/spray territory?

I've taken in a stray cat who is an intact male. I'm estimating his age at less than 2 years, but I don't have experience with young cats. He is at the vet today and will hopefully be neutered (it ...
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Impossible to catch female feral cat to have stitches removed after sterilisation

A feral cat and her babies recently took up residence in our garden. We managed to trap the mum and took her to the vet to be sterilised. The kittens have now gone to a re-homing association. ...
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My kitten was desexed young? [duplicate]

I got my 10 week old kitten yesterday and he was desexed 3 days before that. That seems too young. Wondering what effects this could have on his hormones, personality and development?
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Will neutering a male cat stop it from killing kittens?

I just saw the question Facultative Cannibalism? on the biology web site, and I recalled hearing the tom cats, will kill house cat kittens. Will neutering a male cat stop it from killing kittens it ...