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I have 2 male indoor cats. Both are not neutered. My oldest is 3 years old and we got him when he was 1 week old. A feral cat had a litter of kittens in my neighbors barn, left one day and never came back. I hand fed him until he was old enough to eat himself. He is very healthy and happy. My youngest cat is almost 2 years old. We found him when he was 2 weeks old, in a box in the middle of a shopping center parking lot in 110 heat. We thought he was dead (he almost was). We took him to a vet and they didn't think he would survive. We took him home and I hand fed him with an eye dropper and nursed him back to health. He too is happy and very healthy. They are best buds and get along better than any cats I have ever seen. Neither of them want anything to do with going outside, in fact they are afraid and run away when we open the door.
My cats have NEVER, EVER sprayed anywhere at anytime in our home. They don't howl, they are both very sweet and gentle and mild mannered. They don't even seem to care when the neighbors female cat comes up to the back door and or windows and they sit there and just look at her, yawn, then take a nap, haha.
I have heard horror stories about the smell of un fixed male cat urine, aggressive behavior etc. I can't even imagine it because I have never experienced any of it. Maybe I'm just lucky to have perfect cats? It is possible for there to be no reason to put your cats through an unnecessary operation. My husband and I talk about it all the time and honestly, there's no need for it. The only thing it may do is change their personality, that's what our vet said. We have decided to leave them intact and happy. We love our boys the way they are! =)
No, many people anthropomorphize cats and other animals as if we are taking something away from them when we spay or neuter. Very few animals have sex for pleasure, and the huge majority that don't are only doing it to procreate, which is hard wired into their brain, just like it is (and was for humans) for all living creatures. The hormones make things very complicated caring for unaltered cats, especially males - they sniff out females far and wide, have a tendency to wander and spray and howl (your kittens are very young, see how fun an intact male is at 8 months or 1 year), they have a tendency to get into fights. Even if you're very diligent in keeping them indoors and away from other cats, they could take out their frustration and aggression or even territoriality on each other or on the people in the household. I think intact males who don't spray, don't wander, don't have any aggression, etc. are in the minority.
Animals have zero attachment to their reproductive bits or sex, and it's better to be proactive, especially if you don't want them to change. In the animal world, no matter the species, puberty can make their old and new behaviour and personality seem like night and day. Don't forget that reproductive cancers aren't all that uncommon either.
I believe there are other methods to alter pets, but I don't know how frequently they are practiced on cats (not unlike a vasectomy). If you have a hard stance against neutering but still do not want to take the risk of either of your cats contributing to overpopulation, definitely reach out to your vet to see if they have any alternative methods. They're not as common as the typical de-sexing, so it may be a tough find, but as long as it's something in the best interest of the cats, I see no reason to ask around about different methods.
I know we treat our cats like our children, but it's important to remember that cats are cats - not cats with people thoughts. ;)
Ive rescued quite a few kittens and I have about 50/50 experience with the boys being well behaved for a long while, vs being little terrors.
But the 50% that have been terrors are enough to make me warn anyone not to chance it. That half sprayed EVERYTHING they could reach, and some things that made me question if the cats weren't of spider descent or some such wicked little insect that could climb walls. Some of them got really bad tempers/attitudes, until they were neutered. There were more than a couple times I made the rescue I worked with extremely annoyed because I was calling them a little often trying to get spay/neuter appointments moved up.
I would have to agree with everyone else; I was very skeptical about neutering my oldest cat when I first got him years ago, but a few months after the neutering, it was like he was a different cat. His temperament was incredible, he became so friendly and he was just a lot happier in himself.