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Dear Christopher Cat

Samantha and Edgar, my 6-month-old kittens, are ready to be spayed and neutered. Rather than remove their reproductive organs, I’d like my veterinarian to tie their tubes.

Maintaining their normal hormones seems more natural, and they’ll still be able to “have fun” without adding to the cat overpopulation problem. What do you think of this idea?

Christopher Responds

All five cats in my family were sterilized the usual way, by removal of our reproductive organs, and we’re happy with the results.

If I still had my testicles, they’d produce testosterone which would stimulate me to engage in all sorts of behaviors that would strain the wonderful relationship I enjoy with my humans.

I would spray urine to mark my territory, yowl, fight over females in heat and run away to find a mate, perhaps losing my life to a car.

If my sisters had their reproductive hormones, they’d be more likely to spray and, while in heat, yowl all night.

More importantly, they would be at substantially higher risk of mammary cancer and uterine infection, either of which could shorten their lives.

Because we were sterilized using the classical technique, we’re free to eat, sleep, play and snuggle with our humans. It’s a lifestyle your cats are sure to enjoy.

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