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    getting my cat fixed?
    squishycat posted:
    okay so my cat is about seven years old and her being in heat is getting abit much but i know her sisters and they were exactly like her before the fixing then after they got mean very skittish they got fixed after being in heat once one of the things i love most about my cat is her personality but will getting her fixed change it?
    rohvannyn responded:
    If an animal is fixed as an adult their personality doesn't usually change much. Sometimes they are calmer. If her sisters are meaner and more skittish, I wonder if they had another reason, like being scared by the vet? Either way, getting her fixed will help reduce several risks, including breast and uterine cancer.
    squishycat replied to rohvannyn's response:
    see her personality is hyper and i want that to stay
    rohvannyn replied to squishycat's response:
    Right, but since her personality is pretty much fixed where it is going to be because she's had years to develop it, it isn't likely to change unless there is another factor as well as the spaying.

    My calico is plenty hyper and playful, and she had no change in personality from before she was fixed, to after. I might add that even if her personality changed a bit, it might be worth having a slightly calmer cat if it meant you would also get to enjoy her company for a longer time.

    I know her siblings changed personality, but there could have been other reasons that happened besides just being fixed.
    Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
    Possibly. Since spaying will remove the source of certain hormones and, to some degree, hormones have an effect on behavior, an older cat may act differently. How she will act is unknown, however. Incidentally, this is not true of a younger cat (less than one year of age) as they may not have started producing these hormones yet.

    As importantly, spaying a cat has several health benefits. There is a marked decrease in the incidence of mammary cancer and uterine diseases, both of which can be fatal. So it is medically recommended that all cats that are not actively breeding get spayed.

    Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
    The Cat Doctor
    Board Certified in Feline Practice

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