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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Is it true that neuter a young male (+- 6 mouth) is stopping his development, and he will not be as big as he should be?
I mean the big head and everything..

what is the right age to neuter?
I want him to be bigggg
but not spray my house

Thanks
post #2 of 14
If he's 6 months get him booked in to be neutered now He'll still carry on growing though don't worry
post #3 of 14
Actually those who are neutered young grow taller, longer and bigger than those neutered later in life. Only difference is they don't get the jowls.

I'd get him done now, it won't be long until he starts spraying.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
He is 4.5 months now
Does the spraying stop after neutering?
post #5 of 14
Try having a word with your vet because i see your in Israel so i don't know what the age to be neutered is there and they may do him now?

My Jack was 6 months when he was neutered and he's never sprayed at all.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by missymotus View Post
Actually those who are neutered young grow taller, longer and bigger than those neutered later in life. Only difference is they don't get the jowls.

I'd get him done now, it won't be long until he starts spraying.
I agree with what Missymotus says except for the jowls...I have seen and known some early neutered cats with jowls forming as early as 18 months! My Suria was neutered at 5 months (or was it 4 months?), he's now 21 months old, nothing wrong with his growth at all!
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Freestee87 View Post
He is 4.5 months now
Does the spraying stop after neutering?
Spraying may or may not stop after neutering. There is no guarantee that once they start spraying they will stop after neutering. It is best to neuter before they ever start spraying.

As to size and jowls - Bijou was neutered at 4 months - he has lovely masculine jowls and although a touch overweight in terms of fat, at 18 pounds he is very strong, muscular and sturdy and as we know muscle weighs more than fat.
post #8 of 14
You can see his face better in this picture as to his jowls and masculine look. He looks quite different than in a lot of the pictures I get of him since I don't really like the masculine look as much.
LL
post #9 of 14
I get all mine done at about 5 months old, as you can see by the picture of Molaases, he's a big cat.
post #10 of 14
I had my feral baby, Hercules neutered at 5 mos. of age. He is now 2 years old and is HUGE. He's not fat, he's just a big ball of muscle, he's also pretty tall as far as a cat goes. I hope this helps.
post #11 of 14
Most males when neutered before 7-9 months old will have smaller heads. But it depends on the lines. Charlie was done at 3 months old and he doesn't have the wider Oci male head that I'd like.

However, Jack breeder hasn't had that much of a problem with her boys neutered young - they get a little wider then what Charlie has (which is a good thing) as Jack will also be neutered before I get him.

Because males are maturing younger and can breed at 4-5 months old, you should neutered them by 4 months. They could start spraying anytime after 5 months if you are waiting to get a wider head on your boy.

Any reason you need to have that "look"? If its just cosmetic reasons, maybe adopt an older cat that has the look you want. Otherwise neuter your kitten by 4 months old so he doesn't develop bad habits.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Any reason you need to have that "look"? If its just cosmetic reasons, maybe adopt an older cat that has the look you want. Otherwise neuter your kitten by 4 months old so he doesn't develop bad habits.
my Chip, adopted as an adult, has the 'big head' - one of the reasons i tend to think he was neutered later in life.
post #13 of 14
My Samson turns 6 months old on Friday and has a 'date' at the Spay/Neuter clinic. He's a timid fellow and has not sprayed at all. They won't neuter before 6 months at the clinic.

Cameo was brought home from the Humane Society...he was born June 8, and was already neutered by July 31st. That's the policy at the Humane Society (no animal leaves intact).

Wayne..who was neutered at 6 months old...grew a beautiful ruff for two Winters...then it slowly subsided as he grew older. He grew to be about 20 pounds and could put his front paws on the countertop while standing on the kitchen floor....he was a 'big' boy!!! He was a DMH

I've heard (not experienced) that once a cat starts spraying...they may very well continue after being neutered. Females will spray as well.
post #14 of 14
Yoshi was about 10 weeks when he was fixed. I didnt want him getting Coco who coud never be fixed because it wasnt safe preg. He was almost 15 pounds unil he got sick and I lost him at age 5. Midnight Cocos runt kitten was fixed young and he is a big cat and has the big head.
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