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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.

neu·ter

(nū'tĕr)
To sterilize a male or female animal surgically.
[L. neither, i.e. neither male nor female]

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.

neuter

1. to desex an animal. This has assumed an important role in the management and control of companion animal populations. castration and ovariohysterectomy are the usual procedures.
2. a desexed animal.
3. a castrated male cat.
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Regardless of any future findings, however, as a dog owner the decision is ultimately up to you and whether it's in your dog's best interest to get neutered.
Myers-Watson said: "The dogs were never neutered or vaccinated.
Your dog will have a greater chance of a healthy life if you have it neutered at the right age
The program is seeking volunteers to help reach its goal - and grant requirement - of 175 spayed or neutered cats this year.
A neutered pair of bunnies can form a strong bond and often spend a lot of time huddling together and grooming each other.
It appears the neutered cats formed a stable feeding core--resulting from the decreased roaming and increased survival rates of cats after neutering.
For those who qualify, the fund arranges for cats to be spayed at a discounted rate of $50 and neutered for $45.
Two male mice often fight when put in a cage, but if one is neutered they get along fine.
There wouldn't be so many animals needing homes if people bothered to look after their pets properly -- that is, have them neutered.
Over time, the theory goes, the population of a colony declines as the neutered felines die off naturally without replacing themselves.
According to animal experts with Spay Panama, male dogs that are not neutered often run wild in the streets trying to mate and too often get hit by cars.
I FIRMLY believe that getting your cat neutered before it can breed is an essential part of responsible cat ownership.