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When to neuter?

topic posted Tue, November 6, 2007 - 6:22 PM by  Unsubscribed
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Soooo....I've been doing some research - it seems that people used to neuter their male cats between 6 and 9 months - at the time of puberty. However, many vets today are saying it should be done right away as soon as 6 weeks, which doesn't seem to me to be enough to allow for full development with all the hormones. I understand not wanting spraying or mass kitty kat orgies - which I'm keeping a close eye out for (Lion is 7 months now). But I've been hearing about owners not wanting the jowls or the muscles - which brings up my curiosity. Why wouldn't one want their feline to be strong? And if I do wait for 9 or 10 months or so to neuter (long as the spraying or orgies aren't happening) , will they lose the jowls/muscles at that point? I'm just lookin' for some answers that I can't find anywhere else and the vets won't answer......
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  • Re: When to neuter?

    Tue, November 6, 2007 - 7:53 PM
    As a life-long cat lover and 20 year vet tech, I gotta say neuter before 6months or in Lion's case ASAP! Bad kitty habits like spraying start at puberty (6 months or earlier) and once they start they don't stop. Unless you want to lead a solitary life with no friends stopping by -- a few sniffs of your kitty sprayed house will soon eliminate casual drop bys by friends much less potential romantic interests -- neuter young and often! Early spay neuter doesn't change a cat's purrsonality or stunt it's growth. In fact when neutered a cat's body will use it's resources to grown big and strong without wasting them on useless and annoying mating habits. Prevention is easier than rehabilitation, whether it involves knocking up the lady cat next door or stinking up your carpet. Neuter now...you'll be glad you did and kitty will be healthier for it.
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    Re: When to neuter?

    Tue, November 6, 2007 - 9:58 PM
    I absolutely agree. 7 months is perfectly adequate to get him neutered. At this point, he's almost grown and you risk getting spraying behavior.

    I understand why you'd want to wait. It just seems counterintuitive to neuter an animal so very young!
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      Re: When to neuter?

      Wed, November 7, 2007 - 9:56 AM
      The reason for the trend toward extremely early neutering was the desire by animal orgs to be certain that pets they adopted out wouldn't breed. The reality is that it isn't always effective when you do it that young. I've had 4-month-old females where the vet simply couldn't find the organs developed yet, took out what he could find, and this resulted in a hugely serious surgery as had to go all over the abdomen looking. Then, 2 months later, the poor kitten went into heat, and just stayed there, as she couldn't actually get pregnant. I've seen males neutered prior to adoption and later more tissue grows in the sacs, or -- and this can also be a serious problem -- grows inside the abdominal cavity. Then you get the humping, spraying, etc., anyway. Because of these experiences I no longer encourage extremely early neutering.

      My rule has always been: for females, 6 months UNLESS they show signs of going into heat earlier, in which case you respond immediately. For males, when there are "peanuts in the shell." Everybody can figure that one out. I've never seen a male spray until some months after peanuts develop. The sequence is: peanuts, accelerated growth, jowls, wandering, spraying.
      • Re: When to neuter?

        Wed, November 7, 2007 - 10:48 AM
        My cats were all spayed/neutered at 10 weeks. There have never been any bad repercussions. Spay/Neuter EARLY and OFTEN!!!!!
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        Re: When to neuter?

        Tue, November 13, 2007 - 11:40 AM
        Just to clear up something: spaying an animal is an abdominal surgery and is a 'major surgery' whether the surgeon finds the uterus and ovaries easily or takes some time and exploration to do so. Age is not necessarily a factor in this. While young animals may have small anatomy, older animals can have more developed, more difficult to detach anatomy, but every animal is different and some are simply more easy or more difficult to spay.

        As a 3rd year veterinary student, I'd like to agree with most people here that spaying before puberty is optimal, whether that's at 8 wks or 8 months. Of course by doing it earlier, there is more security that the animal will actually get spayed or neutered before finding a home, will not reach puberty and manifest the behaviors associated with that, and--in the case of females--the liklihood of getting mammary cancer later in life decreases to less than 1/2% (whereas if the animal reaches heat even once, it goes up to 5% chance). There is evidence in males that prostate cancers are less likely with early castration as well.
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    Re: When to neuter?

    Wed, November 7, 2007 - 12:23 PM
    Thanks y'all.....it sounds like definitely time.....and he used to pee on the carpets when young and it smelled BAD! So not wanting the spraying to happen. :)
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      Re: When to neuter?

      Wed, November 7, 2007 - 2:50 PM
      oh in response to your second part of question - most males, if neutered soon after developing them, lose all trace of the jowls and beefy shoulders, but some don't. Some, neutered later, lose the beefy shoulders but their faces stay pretty round (that does look cute). No way to tell beforehand.
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        Re: When to neuter?

        Thu, November 8, 2007 - 2:45 PM
        I appreciate the info Lily....... purr on!
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          Re: When to neuter?

          Mon, November 12, 2007 - 4:37 AM
          You want to beuter before they understand pubity if not it takes a while for the hormene to leave the body and it is frustrating because they are horney and cannot do it anymore. PPlus they will pee and poop spray things woth prepubity kitten they do not so that and stay playful. Plus older neutered cats do strange things to the other youger cats. They fight for months after being neutered .

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