Thanks Phil and others who responded. I am planning on having kitty
neutered. I will be returning to my former vet who is excellent. The vet I
had started going to is not a good match for me or my kitties, but thought
I'd try them out since I moved..
Kitty had two feline leukemia tests and tested positive on both. I'm hoping
it reverses itself.
"Phil P." > wrote in message
> "FrankG" > wrote in message
> > ..get kitty neutered? The vet warned me that this could cause the kitty
> > go
> > downhill from the surgery. Kitty is spraying all over the place I'm
> > renting. I love him so much I hate to lose him from the surgery. Has
> > anyone else faced this?
> Neutering is not nearly as invasive or traumatic for males as it for
> females. If the cat is otherwise healthy and asymptomatic, I would have
> neutered. He'll probably be a much calmer cat and won't be stressed by
> urge to roam or go into a frenzy every time he catches a whiff of a
> female. Neutering doesn't affect either fear aggression or predatory
> aggression but it certainly reduces male dominant aggression and
> aggression big time-- Reducing stress in an FeLV+ cat is of paramount
> importance for keeping him asymptomatic for as long as possible.
> Btw, if your cat tested positive on the vet's in-clinic ELISA Snap test,
> you should have the results confirmed by the IFA (immunofluorescent
> antibody) assay. You might be very pleasantly surprised. The ELISA Snap
> a screening test *only*- it is *not* diagnostic for persistent,
> marrow-origin FeLV infection. Many- if not most- ELISA Snap positives are
> the result of *transient* infections or a minute amount of circulating
> antigen. IOW, your cat might have eliminated the virus.
> Best of luck,