Sam Wellington, I agree with you. I actually thought Cindy and Lucy were eight or nine months old when they were spayed, but they were actually only seven months. My vet will only spay females at six months or older because it is important for the cat's trachea to be developed before proceeding with this major surgery. Maybe it has to do with lawsuits or something, too, but it is a precaution that my vet takes. Males, on the other hand, can be neutered at four months or older, but surgical neutering is a much easier and faster procedure.
Our neighbor's female kitten died from a routine spay/declaw surgery that was performed at an early age.
Punky has yet to be spayed and she is about 14 months old now. She is a petite cat that had a hacking cough and respiratory infection and I wanted her to be fully recovered, healthy, strong, and developed before spaying surgery.
Manxmom, where are the pics of your cats/kittens?? I'd love to see those six adorable little kittens, the momcat and dad. Please post a link to the pics!