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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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On the day of the neutering operation, your cat will need to spend a day at the veterinary surgery and will be given a general anaesthetic, so no food should be offered in the hours prior to the operation.
According to an official leaflet published by them, spaying or neutering your pet can increase their lifespan by one to three years.
Neutering, although routine, is still a major abdominal surgery and the ethics of putting very young animals through this procedure should be considered.
He also said that the organisation helps pay for cat neutering for people who belong to vulnerable groups.
Owners often link the neutering with the weight gain, when actually it's just the dog 'filling out' to an adult size.
By spaying and neutering cats, she added, "we can make their lives better, in the sense that an altered animal is usually a lot healthier and less likely to have some of the behavior problems that people complain about, like the fighting and the spraying.
Neutering is one of the best things you can do for your rabbit.
The Easipetcare Clinic, at the RSPCA centre in Allesley, has been busy after launching a low cost neutering promotion last month, charging PS35 for a castration and PS70 for a spay to help tackle problems with overpopulation of the breed.
But neutering - that gentle little euphemism for castration - comes with its own unhappy side effects.
It appears the neutered cats formed a stable feeding core--resulting from the decreased roaming and increased survival rates of cats after neutering.
Spay Day is an annual campaign to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and stray animals.
Hendrick had been about to sterilize the cat, a process called spaying for females and neutering for males, when she discovered that not only was the female seven weeks pregnant, but also very close to death.