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post #31 of 37
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6 weeks but he's HUGE. looks more like 8 or 10 weeks! i'll post more pictures later but the computer which has all the soft wear has a virus so i dont want to risk infecting you all!
post #32 of 37
Originally Posted by fwan
When i lived in australia my 3 omnth old kitten got injured and the RSPCA spayed her but i dont think its healthy. Because she died 2 weeks later.
Plus cats dont grow anymore after they get spayed.
I disagree with you. I have a seven month old female who was spayed at 15 weeks old (a shelter animal, bottle-raised by a fellow foster mom) she was 2 lbs then. She's 6 lbs now.

In the last three years, I've fostered dozens of little girls who were spayed once they reached 2 lbs, usually at about 6-14 weeks. I have had all of one problem and that was a little girl who licked her spay incision until it became infected. My friend's 1-yr-old also had the same problem so I know it's not an age thing. Some antibiotics, some neosporin, and an e-collar and all was well.

One of my boys was neutered at 12 weeks, the other at 6.5 months. The one neutered at 12 weeks still acts like a kitten even though he's 2. No personality changes at all. I guess I'm just used to having little ones spayed/neutered at young ages. I wouldn't adopt out any kitties without them being spayed/neutered. Just my 2 cents.
post #33 of 37
Oh fwan, cats definitly do grow after they are desexed.

Ohhhh stink, I really wanna see new pics!
post #34 of 37
I agree on the rescue thing. I think if it's your cat and you want to wait to be safe and will make sure they don't get pregnant (or get anyone pregnant) that's great and probably healthier. But working with rescues I really don't like the idea of adopting out un-spuetered animals, but it's impractical to hold onto kittens that long before adopting.
post #35 of 37
Okay, this is a topic I know a little bit about, because I'm often the person who has to take our shelter kittens to be spayed/neutered (I can't do the regular feedings or cleaning, because more than 2 cats at a time give me asthma attacks, so I do stuff like ordering food, begging neighbors, students, colleagues, etc., to adopt, or sponsoring special-needs cats), and we use four to six different vets (usually), since everybody has their "favorite" vet, and each vet is usually willing to do a certain number at the lowest possible price. The "usual" age is six months in Germany, but the veterinary schools are beginning to "rethink" the matter, and to recommend the procedure at an earlier age, i.e, two to three months. I've asked several vets about it, and all of them have told me that they neuter at six months because they weren't taught how to deal with younger kittens, as anesthesia in particular can be tricky. And they said: 1) The procedure is easier with younger kittens, because they have less body fat, and 2) Younger kittens recover faster. In other words, the vet's training plays a major role. The younger the vet, the more likely she/he will neuter kittens at a young age.
fwan, kittens definitely don't stop growing when they're neutered. In fact, males castrated at a young age are more "elongated" than those castrated at a later age. I know I have a link on that (in German) bookmarked, but I'll have to search for it.

Oh, as an added note, those of you who've seen my thread about the hare-lipped kitten in "Health & Nutrition" might be interested in knowing that Momma cat has been examined by two vets, and both estimated her age at 4 to 5 months!
post #36 of 37
That is interesting... my boy was just fixed on Friday and he came home saturday. He doesn't seem in pain or anything, he is running around like a normal kitten or seems to be normal to me. I'm not sure when my vet will do that but I would be interested to find out. I have been told that the female's surgery is more invasive than the male. So, we will see how Spook does when she comes home Wednesday. Her surgery is Tuesday. She is also 10 weeks old.
post #37 of 37
I would not worry about having a kitten done as long as they are about 2lb. It is common in the US to have kittens fixed at MOST rescue orgs / SPCA sites across the country before they are adopted out because too many poeple do not keep a close enough eye on their pets before they start mating.

We have breed Siamese, fostered cats, rescued, you name it since I was little and I do not know of one instance of a kitten dying, having issues or not growing after it has been fixed.

We work with 2 foster agencies and they routinely work with vets that fix all kittens at 2lb, whenever that may be, usually around 9-12 weeks.....if there was a high death rate, I really doubt the rescues would continue doing it.

And there was a reply above about the training vets have, from what I have been told, by the people who investigated this and run the foster agencies we work with, this is true. It is NOT a matter of safety, but a matter of that is what many vets in other countries are used to doing, so that is what they do.
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