Originally Posted by booktigger
i just wish I could convince the rescue I foster for - or their vet!! Neither of them like the thought of operating on babies - yet we have had a hernia op done on an 8-9 week old kitten this year, they weren't as bothered by that!!
Some vets just will NOT change their mind, it can be so frustrating, I can imagine. Have you taken up any of the materials that Dr. Susan's site has on it for pediatric spay and neuter? I am sure you have done all you can, but I just wanted to mention it as an option. There is only one vet I have changed their mind on doing the procedure, after reading Dr. Little's materials.
Just from a little over 5 years ago, when I began breeding, many vet practices have went and begun doing early altering here in my state. I know of quite a few vets in this state, especially in the Oklahoma City metro area that will do it, the charges however can be a $200 difference, depending on each practice.
The rescue organization we volunteer with, their vet also will NOT touch a cat or dog for altering until 6 months of age. That is one of those..."here's your card" moments.
It is so nice to see many of you supporting early age altering, and for those who are still skeptical, or have had those myths that a cat may not grow as normal because of the lack of hormones, or the males urethra is smaller, if you go and read the actual studies done by some of the most accredited vets, you will see studies are showing the myths are wrong, and they are showing the benefits to our kittens as they grow into adulthood.
For those thinking of waiting until a female is a year old, I can say I have been through pyometra with an 11 month old female, and I have 2 friends that have been through it with kittens much earlier than this. Pyometra can obviously strike those female who are not spayed at anytime, or at least that is what my opinion is, so the earlier you get your cat spayed, the earlier you can know that your female will never have pyometra or any other uterine infection or cancer, you can also know that she is at a much, much slighter risk for mammary cancer or infection. The hormones that make a female cat want to be bred, and try to escape the outdoor, (even if they are not a typical outdoor cat), will try to esacpe, and that will stop that type of behavior.
Of course the some of the same can be said about neutering a male early, I can show you plenty of adult males who are full grown, with never having a sign of an UTI, and they don't have that urge to go outdoors, they haven't sprayed, and I know they won't get testicular cancer, because the vet removed them!!
There is a lot of great information on the web about early altering, the more we educate each other, and yes educate our own vets with proven materials, wrote by other vets, we can only help this country and others move forward with a procedure that has proven itself time and time again to those who are familiar with it.
Anyone who knows the overpopulation of cats and dogs, this is one way to help and become one more responsible.
If you have a stray in your neighborhood, get her and her babies spayed, yes I realize money is tight right now, with many of us, but if it something you can do, then it helps just a little. Some of your neighbors may be overannoyed with stray cats, they may want to help you with the money portion.
I am off my speuter box now. I just see the benefits, and want to share my experience.