Originally Posted by Avocado
well, could it possibly be that they want to wait until six months because of the reasons that i stated in my first post? to quote myself:
"it was my understanding that before this age they need those hormones to grow properly. such is certainly the case with dogs, my young male dog is 11 months old and scheduled to be neutered at 16 months... testosterone affects bone growth and breeds prone to joint problems can use all the help they can get. i cant imagine that the growth of kittens isnt equally benefited by the hormones that nature has provided them."
The neutering studies showed there really aren't any bad affects from early pediatric spay and neuter.
"The results of this study so far indicate that the differences between cats neutered at 7 weeks and 7 months are insignificant. The differences observed between animals in Groups 1 and 2 and the animals in Group 3, while in some cases statistically significant, are not differences which appear to affect the health of the animal in a negative way. While the final results will depend on the analysis of long-term follow-up, the indications are that early neutering is not detrimental to the overall health of the animal. From the perspective of shelters and particularly in respect to the problem of surplus puppies and kittens these results are encouraging. If all the animals adopted from shelters, including puppies and kittens, are neutered prior to adoption, there should be a corresponding decrease in the numbers of animals euthanized each year in this country. Preliminary results from Alachua County, near the University of Florida at Gainesville, would seem to support this theory."http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/repo...ly-neuter.html
The study determined that there was no difference between kittens neutered at 7 weeks and 7 months. THere were difference between those and kittens neutered at 12 months, but the differences didn't affect health of the animals in a negative way.
Since there was no differences between kittens spayed and neutered at 7 weeks and 7 months, it makes no sense as to why vets want to wait until 6 months.
Also, if you wait until 12 months to neuter the male cats, they might start spraying, and that might not stop even after neuter. You got to neuter them before they start spraying. 6 months is a fine age to neuter. But again, I would be worrying if I had a male and a female to wait that long, because cats are early bloomers.