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post #1 of 14
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I took Harley to the vet last Thursday for his second checkup, shots, ect.
I had asked the vet if you usually get them fixed at 6 months and he said, yes, we could possibly do it in a month or so (HE'S ONLY A LITTLE OVER 2 MONTHS OLD, Born July 23rd), and so I asked the vet how old he thought Harley was and he said about 4 months, and he is developed enuf to do it in about a month and a 1/2 or so....so I was very confused as to why he thought that, but I thought well maybe I'm wrong on how old he is. So I got in the car on the way home and I looked at the papers they gave us that had his birthdate on there, and they had that he was born in June! So I called there and they said they would change it to July 19th.
So could Harley be developed that well that he could get fixed at only 3 or 4 months? I was shocked to hear that he was as developed as a 4 month old...shouldn't the vet know that he's only 2 months old? I don't want to get him fixed any earlier than I should....I'm just confused!
post #2 of 14
My girls were fixed at 4 months. My regular vet doesnt do any spaying or neutering. But he suggested to wait till they were 5 lb. From what I've heard, they spay younger now but it depends on the vet I think.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
My girls were fixed at 4 months. My regular vet doesnt do any spaying or neutering. But he suggested to wait till they were 5 lb. From what I've heard, they spay younger now but it depends on the vet I think.
Well he's 5lbs now....maybe thats why he thought he could get fixed...
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by babyharley
Well he's 5lbs now....maybe thats why he thought he could get fixed...
5lbs would be really huge for a domestic kitten of 2 months! Unless Harley is a tiger in disguise???...are you holding out on us????

Must be why your vet assumed he was in the 4 month range. I think it's safe to neuter him at any time from this point foward. As was already mentioned, each practice has their own guidelines. If you know and trust your vet, it shouldn't be a problem to go ahead with it.
post #5 of 14
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He's not huge at all, he's still so tiny compared his brothers and sisters (he was the runt). When he lays down, I can feel his ribs and everything he is incredibly long tho, and then I am playing with him, and he will stand up on his hind legs he is very tall, he's not chubby at all!! Thats why I was sooo shocked to hear that he weighs 5lbs!! I dont think his pictures I post on here do him much justice! Unless the vet was mistaken and told me the wrong weight?
post #6 of 14
As long as they weigh at least 2 pounds and are at least 8 weeks old, they can be spayed and neutered. The younger they are, the easier the surgery is and the faster they recover.
post #7 of 14
Cats can be neutered as young as 6 weeks of age. It's not really reccomended, but we do it with rescues ALL the time.

8 weeks is a pretty alright age, especially if your cat weighs 5lbs. Napolean is 6 months old and just now got up to 6lbs.

Also, neuters are SO easy and simple. It's like a 5 minute surgery. I think I would wait on a spay until they were at least 12-16 weeks, but neuters, they are SO simple and non-invasive. Which is a big factor I think in deciding what age is alright to do it.
post #8 of 14
Aristotle had his neuter at 4months. His testicles had descended and seemed to be getting bigger every day! He recovered quickly and 24 hours afterwards he was his usual white tornado self.
post #9 of 14
Like the Nike commercial says, just do it. Spayed/neutered animals make much better pets, especially toms -- he sounds like he'll be just fine.
post #10 of 14
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Thanks so much for your guy's help! I didn't know that they could do it so early, looks like we're gonna go ahead and do it!
I wanna do it as soon as we can, I dont want him to start spraying!!
post #11 of 14
I also wanted to mention, and I don't know what anyone else's take is on it. But if they try to get you for pain pills [[as in they aren't included]] I honestly wouldn't bother. My cat was groggy when he came home, and kind of took it easy for the next day but he wasn't in any pain, or didn't seem to really be[[I obviously don't know for sure]]. And unless the pills are free I wouldn't bother paying for them. If this was a cat spay I'd say go for it, but honestly my cat could have cared less. And in a sense you kind of want your cat to feel a little bit so he doesn't do anything wild and crazy for a bit. Because Napolean is psycho... your cat might be normal, but my kid runs around the house like a maniac stalking and hunting things as well as my dog.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Plebayo
I also wanted to mention, and I don't know what anyone else's take is on it. But if they try to get you for pain pills [[as in they aren't included]] I honestly wouldn't bother. My cat was groggy when he came home, and kind of took it easy for the next day but he wasn't in any pain, or didn't seem to really be[[I obviously don't know for sure]]. And unless the pills are free I wouldn't bother paying for them. If this was a cat spay I'd say go for it, but honestly my cat could have cared less. And in a sense you kind of want your cat to feel a little bit so he doesn't do anything wild and crazy for a bit. Because Napolean is psycho... your cat might be normal, but my kid runs around the house like a maniac stalking and hunting things as well as my dog.
you wouldn't know Java had even HAD surgery & she came home at noon the same day - she wasn't even groggy! acted like nothing hurt at all.
you can weigh Harley yourself - just weigh yourself while holding him, then again without him & subtract - the difference is his weight.
post #13 of 14
I know some vets do it early for males and females, but personally I prefer the boys to be 6-8 month and the girls about 6 months. But we might get our last kitten done at 5 months (next month).

I'm just still not sure of really early spay/neuter.
post #14 of 14
Im getting my kitten done next week and she will be 9 weeks. They do them here at 8 weeks and 2lbs. The vet told me the earlier the better for recovery, so I decided to go ahead. Besides Im having a hard time now with only being with her for two weeks. It would be much harder to send her after having her for months. But I know she will spring back quickly.
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