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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Before it's safe to get him neutered?

The kittens are only a little over 3 months old now, but I caught Ricochet trying to mate with Chiquita earlier today. I'm not sure if they were only playing, or if it was the 'real' thing. The last thing we need is more kittens! But I don't want to take him in to get neutered till I'm sure it's safe..

~KK~
post #2 of 24
A lot of vets have a "lower limit" of a certain weight. But your kitten is plenty old enough.
post #3 of 24
8 weeks/2 pounds is the absolute youngest, and best time.
Your boy is plenty old enough

However, there are still many, many vets out there who will not neuter before 4-6 months.
post #4 of 24
My Kirby got it done at the shelter at 11 weeks/about 2.5 lbs.
post #5 of 24
Things must have changed...around here, it's 5 pounds and/or 6 months old.

My Samson will be neutered at 6 months of age, the earliest that my Vet, or the Spay/Neuter clinic will perform the surgery.

At his third kitty shot appt...he was already 5.5 pounds, but the Vet said 6 months old should be the earliest.

I can't imagine that at 3 months old, your kitty really knew what he was doing. Often my cats jump on each other...often from the back...but it's just playing..not 'the real thing'....eeks!!

But, whatever age, as long as it's done, and done safely!
post #6 of 24
Yoshi was less the 3 months when I got him fixed.
My Dads Male is getting fixed any day and he is about 3 months.
post #7 of 24
Get him in now. In the US most breeders will have kittens altered about 3-4 months old prior to placing them. If he's showing signs of mating, get him neutered this week.

Male and female kittens are capable of breeding and getting pregnant as early as 4 months old. And a male is not "safe" for up to 2 months after being neutered - so keep him separated now till he's done and schedule any unspayed females to be spayed too.
post #8 of 24
Wow that is amazing 3mths and can breed. My vet said he doesnt perform until 6mths but we would talk more about it on next visit!
post #9 of 24
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Wow that is amazing 3mths and can breed. My vet said he doesnt perform until 6mths but we would talk more about it on next visit!
females have been known to go into heat as early as 4 months...
post #10 of 24
In the US, I believe most vets go by weight and many will neuter at 2lbs - so that can be really very young! In the UK there is generally an age limit of 5-6 months. I am in the UK so had to wait but I would gladly have had my cats neutered younger if I'd had the chance!

The worst story I ever heard was of a female Oriental Shorthair going into heat the same week she was adopted into her new home - at 14 weeks old. If she'd have gotten pregnant it could have killed her. Do it as early as possible
post #11 of 24
Definitely six months old!
post #12 of 24
My boys were done at 10 weeks, prior to coming home. Anytime from 8-12 weeks is pretty common over here, shelters do it at the younger age as they rehome kittens from 8 weeks.
Breeders usually do their kittens at 10-12 weeks.

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Wow that is amazing 3mths and can breed
I know of a few breeders who've had boys become dads at 5 months, so they can breed at 3-4 months.
post #13 of 24
In my area they have to be at least 4 lbs, and most recommend 6 months old to be neutered.
post #14 of 24
My cats are done as soon as they hit 1kg or 2lbs...
post #15 of 24
I also heard cats should be spayed/neutered at 6 months. I had kittens that were born in my back yard. I kept them, so I took them to be spayed/neutered they were just shy of 6 months and when I went to pick them up after the surgery they told me that the female was pregnant. I don't wait for 6 months anymore.
post #16 of 24
Jack's vet wouldn't do his neuter until Jack was 16 weeks. Which was sort of guess since he was a stray.

Leslie
post #17 of 24
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I also heard cats should be spayed/neutered at 6 months. I had kittens that were born in my back yard. I kept them, so I took them to be spayed/neutered they were just shy of 6 months and when I went to pick them up after the surgery they told me that the female was pregnant. I don't wait for 6 months anymore.
Firefox went into heat @ 5.5 months...
post #18 of 24
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Male and female kittens are capable of breeding and getting pregnant as early as 4 months old. And a male is not "safe" for up to 2 months after being neutered - so keep him separated now till he's done and schedule any unspayed females to be spayed too.
What does that mean? "not safe"? Will a non-altered Male try to mate w/ an Altered female?? God I can't if thats the reason why my Coco dislikes my new boy so much, he'll be 4 months old this Friday I think I will take him in Friday to get Neutered, but what does it mean up to 2 months not safe? Does that mean he'll still have the same hormones as if he wasn't altered?? O_O yikes?
post #19 of 24
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What does that mean? "not safe"?

I think it means that a male can still get a female pregnant, even though he's been neutered - but I'm not sure..

I called my vet this afternoon, and he said that he doesn't like to perform the surgery much earlier than 5-6 months. I think I'll call the local vet who's semi-retired, and see if he'll do it sooner. We sure don't need (nor can we afford) any more cats!

Thanks for all your advice & input, y'all.

~KK~
post #20 of 24
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I think it means that a male can still get a female pregnant, even though he's been neutered - but I'm not sure..
Yes, that's what it means. It takes around 2 months after the operation until they can't get a female pregnant anymore.

It used to be thought that one month was enough, but it's been proven a few times that it more around 2.
post #21 of 24
If you are worried, I would talk to your vet. Ours was really understanding. He wanted to wait a bit but after we got our girl kitten fixed, I just wanted to get the boys done with, so I just called our vet and he said he would be more than happy to fix them, even though they were a few months off when he normally does it.

Even if he is just playing, he is figuring things out. Call your vet and get it scheduled! He should be safe and fine.
post #22 of 24
Omelet will be getting neutered as soon as he is 3 pounds and 3 months old. He is a little small for his age, so it may be closer to 4 months old
post #23 of 24
6 months is what it *used* to be only because that's when vets were taught to do it in vet school. This is no longer the case. You still find vets who do it at 6 months but there are plenty who are comfortable with early spay/neuters and will do it as long as the animal weighs 2 lbs.

I would do it now, ASAP. If your vet won't do it at this age, there are plenty that will.
post #24 of 24
was at 5 months for both of my guys
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