New Kitten Update: Neutering Time!

by Melissa R. on November 12, 2012

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Cosmo needs a bigger bed!

Cosmo needs a bigger bed!

We currently have three cats in our home: a 10-year-old black male, Kai; a 3-year-old Silver Ocicat female, Cirrhi; and a 3-year-old male Chocolate Ocicat, Ritter. We also have a 13-year-old Border Collie! After a loss of a pet earlier, we decided it was time to get a new kitten. We had always admired Bengals, and were fortuitous enough to find a 16-week-old male available in our area. Here is how we introduced him to our household.

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Now that Cosmo is settled in, healthy, and feeling great, we decided it was time to schedule him to be neutered. We are not interested in breeding, and do not want to have raging hormones in our home! With three other cats, that is the last thing we need. I have read there are many health and behavior benefits to neutering as well.

When we had our last kitten, Ritter, neutered, it was all very uneventful, and I hoped for the same with Cosmo. I called our veterinarian to schedule – and OH BOY! They had an opening the very next day! I wasn’t quite emotionally prepared for that but decided we had better just get it done. So we put the food & water up before we went to bed, and in the morning, Cosmo made the trip to the vet’s office. We dropped him off, and around noon I got a call from the vet saying he did just fine, and was already waking up and doing great and that I could pick him up anytime!

Bringing him home was just as I expected – the other cats were a bit “off” because Cosmo smelled different now and were a bit grumpy. Our female in particular was being VERY mean. I had quite a time for a couple hours making sure she stayed away from Cosmo. Cosmo seemed to feel just fine. We did our best to keep him “quiet” – which basically meant US not getting out any toys, but it is hard to keep a kitten quiet! He was already trying to wrestle with one of the boys.

Friends?

Friends?

Cosmo never seemed to be in any distress, and was eating & drinking as normal, so we did not give him any of the pain medication the veterinarian provided. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to have any clue Cosmo had been neutered! He acted 100% normal and by the next day, our other cats were OK with him again as well. He was actually spotted sleeping next to our younger male cat, Ritter – of which we had never seen before!

So, calm any fears you may have about neutering your kitten. It seems quite simple, painless and worry-free from here.


About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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