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Mating advice!

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by figandcleo, Aug 8, 2019.


  1. figandcleo

    figandcleo PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    I have two 3 month old kittens, who were born in the same litter. Cleo is female and Fig is male.

    My vet has advised that we cannot get them done till 10 months old and till the female has her first heat.

    Two questions really.

    If they both get done, will this stop them mating or just stop them conceiving?

    If they start mating and we get them done, will they stop?

    I do not want my cats to mate at all. I live in a flat and would get so many noise complaints for a start and not only that, I just don’t like the idea of it.

    Advice please and thank you :)
     
  2. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    If your vet genuinely believes that your kittens need to be 10 months old before neutering then I would change my vet as that is not only nonsense but by 6/7 months old you could have a pregnant kitten on your hands.
    Many kittens are neutered by breeders at 12/13 weeks old before going to their new homes so I would phone around and find a surgery that works in the 21st century .
     
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  4. Ottery

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    You need to change your vet. Your kittens need to be neutered by 5 months of age, and some vets (probably most, nowadays) will neuter at 4 months.

    Do not leave them unneutered after 5 months. I had a female kitten who went into heat at 5 and a half months, just before I was going to neuter her - don't let that happen to you. My kittens are all neutered at 4 months now!

    When they are neutered it will stop them mating, as well as stopping them producing kittens.
     
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  5. figandcleo

    figandcleo PetForums Newbie

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    I think it was a lack of experience. He was quite young. When my partner asked ‘but will they mate?’ He said ‘yes’ with no smile or emotion. I’ve found a vets who will do it now! Thank you.
     
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  6. Ottery

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    Glad you've found a new vet - good news all round
     
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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    What a frightening thing that a vet is giving out such purely false information. Every heat a cat has increases her risk of breast cancer later in life, so no she does not need "one heat". And, as has already been stated, if you left them to it until 10 months your female would be pregnant long before that, and your male would likely be spraying all over the house.

    I would feel compelled to write to that vet's boss and tell them what kind of nonsense he is spouting. Young he may be, but he didn't learn those things in vet school, he's voicing opinion as fact.
     
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  8. Ottery

    Ottery Cat Lady

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    I agree @lorilu, it's appalling a vet is giving out this advice.
    How do some vets continue to get this so wrong?
     
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  9. mrs phas

    mrs phas my home, my sofa, my rules

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    There are still vets out there that espouse the (for dogs)
    One litter before spaying
    idiom
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    I am amazed! Probably vets who qualified in the 1950's and have never updated their training since?!
    ;)

    I'm glad I've not come across such a 'dinosaur' in any of the vet practices I have used.
     
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    It's odd. I've always found the younger vets to be more up to date with things like this.
     
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