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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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Neutering helps prevent outdoor cat populations growing out of control Rachele Follini, Cats Protection charity
Neutering has many health benefits, as well as helping to reduce the number of unwanted cats.
By neutering these cats, there will be no more new litters.
The Anti-Cruelty Society offers another option to help defray costs of spay or neutering with its low-cost spay and neuter clinic, which is open to the public to help encourage people to provide this lifesaving surgery to their pets.
While there is indication now that neutering the two most common retriever breeds early can have long-term health impacts, it's impossible to draw similar conclusions with other breeds without further study.
The Animal Party said the announcement was "a good start" but warned that for the money to be spent "properly and effectively", a permanent state spaying and neutering programme should be in place to solve the "serious problem of the increase of the populations of abandoned dogs and cats".
Twelve feral kittens were rehomed, seven cats were either pets or had been neutered previously and two were possible wildcats that were released without neutering.
"It will cost more if you're not neutering, because they could have a litter and you're then responsible for them, too."
Researchers examined veterinary hospital records of 1,170 intact and neutered and spayed GSDs for joint disorders and cancers previously associated with neutering over a 14 1/2 period to find.
Early age neutering is increasing in popularity in the United States of America, with some vets spaying kittens from six to seven weeks of age.
The kittens will have been vaccinated and microchipped and a neutering voucher will be provided to help towards the costs.
"Before neutering, a health check is done and the cat is scanned to see if it is micro-chipped.