Hi all, I'm a lurker around here, and you guys seem to have some great advice, so I thought I would reach out with a question.
I was adopted by a stray tomcat a couple years ago, he just showed up at my apartment, and never left. He was in pretty rough shape, really underweight (about half the weight the vet estimated he should be at), intestinal problems, dull coat and eyes - but he was such a big love bug I couldn't give him to the shelter.
In the two years that he has been with me, he has just blossomed. He is at his ideal weight, shiny coat, playful (he used to just lay around listless, so this kitten playfulness is awesome), so loving and gentle (has never scratched anyone ever!).
He has all of his shots, and is current on his rabies. I did not get him neutered when I first took him to the vet because of the added stress on his system, so I just put it off/forgot about it - he doesn't spray or urinate outside the box, he's exclusively indoors, so he doesn't roam - so I really just forgot about it.
I have his wellness exam tomorrow, and I know that the vet will bring it up (new vet, so they don't know the rough shape he was in). I know that it is probably the best decision to get him neutered, but I have absolutely no experience with having an adult cat neutered.
I guess my main worries are stress on his system, pain, and any other side effects (like personality changes - I feel like I am just getting to know his awesome personality, and I would hate for it to change!)
If anyone has any experience getting an adult cat neutered please let me know any tips or insight you might have.
Sorry this is so long, thanks in advance!!