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neuter

(no͞o′tər, nyo͞o′-)
adj.
1. Grammar
a. Neither masculine nor feminine in gender.
b. Neither active nor passive; intransitive. Used of verbs.
2. Biology
a. Having undeveloped or nonfunctional sexual organs: the neuter caste in social insects.
b. Having pistils and stamens that are nonfunctional or absent.
3. Castrated or spayed. Used of animals.
4. Androgynous or asexual.
n.
1. An androgynous or asexual person.
2. A castrated animal.
3. An insect that has undeveloped or nonfunctional sexual organs, such as a worker bee.
tr.v. neu·tered, neu·tering, neu·ters
To castrate or spay.
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neu·ter

(nū'tĕr)
To sterilize a male or female animal surgically.
[L. neither, i.e. neither male nor female]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

neuter

an organism having nonfunctional or absent sexual parts. In plants, a neuter is one without male and female flower parts (e.g. ray florets of sunflower). A neuter in animals is one that is sexually undeveloped or sterile, for example the female worker in a bee colony, or a castrated or spayed animal.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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She says: "It was so appreciated that Cat Smart could come and fetch Gizmo and take him to be neutered. He had started attacking and scratching the sofa - and me - but since he has been snipped, he has calmed down so much."
While the majority of owners do neuter their cats, sadly a large number of owned cats are allowed to breed before being neutered, adding to the overpopulation problem and the demand on overstretched animal charities.
The neutered cats are healthier, no longer fight to mate and get injuries, thus they tend to live longer than those who are not neutered.
When I asked him when he neutered his Brittanys (he hunts, too), he answered emphatically, "I don't plan to."
"In addition, cats that are neutered have a lower risk of spreading disease, so this is good for them, as well."
Yet, the UC-Davis study showed marked increases of cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) tears or ruptures in those golden retriever males neutered prior to 12 months of age.
A family in Umm Al Quwain brought home two dogs seven years ago for the children, but never thought about getting them neutered. The male and female pair started breeding and before they knew it, the family was housing 30 dogs.
For a responsibly owned female cat with no male contact, I see no benefits to neutering any earlier as the cat should not be roaming outside until it is vaccinated, microchipped and neutered.
If she is not neutered in the next two to three weeks then she will have another litter.
The number of dog and cat owners getting their pets neutered or spayed is flat or declining, and the county hopes the financial help will reverse that.
The charities are working together to offer low income households the opportunity to have their cats neutered for free in a bid to reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens that the charities strive to find homes for every year, a figure which is currently in excess of 50,000.
If you have your dog neutered with Dogs Trust your dog will be thanking you for years to come!