Ask the Rabbi - Customs and Practices

Neutering a Cat

Q: Is a Noahide allowed to have her pet cat operated on to be neutered?

Q: Is a Noahide allowed to have her pet cat operated on to be neutered? The woman has read that Jews are not allowed to castrate a pet. Her cat has given birth twice and this is causing her problems.

A: Most rabbis feel that Noahides have not been given a command about castration, while a minority feels that this is forbidden. Some of the latter group, who forbid castration, feel that it applies only to human beings and not to animals, and some of this group feel that it applies only to a male animal and not a female. And among those who forbid castration of a female animal some only forbid a manual operation and not by using an injection or drugs.

My conclusion is that in view of the large number of those who permit neutering, the woman is allowed to have her cat neutered.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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