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Neutering

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by lollo2304, Oct 15, 2013.


  1. lollo2304

    lollo2304 PetForums Junior

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    Hi, my first queen now has her third and final litter. They are now 8 weeks old and she has been calling now for a week! I was wondering when is the best time to to neuter her. Kittens are being neutered at 12 weeks and will leave her at 14 weeks.

    Thank you x
     
  2. spid

    spid PetForums VIP

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    Anytime from now onwards - she will still produce milk if they are still feeding.
     
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    gskinner123 PetForums VIP

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    Assuming she's still feeding the kittens I think I would be inclined to delay having her spayed until the same time as the kittens are spayed/neutered. That said, plenty of queens are spayed whilst the kittens are still with them and those that have undergone a c-section happily feed kittens without any problems in relation to kittens scrabbling at/around the operation site/sutures. Will she be spayed mid-line or flank? If she has a fair size litter and you think, from previous experience, that they'll be regularly piling in for feeding until the day they leave, then I would personally play it safe and delay spaying her for now.
     
  4. spotty cats

    spotty cats PetForums VIP

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    I've spayed my retirees at 10-12 weeks, they went in with the kittens.
    The girls come home and go right back to nursing without issue.
     
  5. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    Depends in my view how much the kittens are still feeding. If they feed a lot and she has milk I'd delay a bit, but if it's mostly comfort feeding and she doesn't have much milk then anytime as soon as she has finished calling. Of course your vet might disagree!
     
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    Tigermoon PetForums VIP

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    Now this is an interesting one because I know that some vets will not spay until the milk has completely dried up, I'm not sure for their reasoning on this :confused: Also vets don't like to spay queens too soon after a call, allegedly due to the increased blood flow to the uterus at this time.

    Whether these are 'old wives tales' that some vets cling to I don't know, but you own vet will be able to advise you on when he will be willing to spay.
     
  7. spotty cats

    spotty cats PetForums VIP

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    Seems to just depend on the vet, mine has no problem spaying girls full of milk, I have good mums who remain quite full for over 12 weeks.
     
  8. HoneyFern

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    It would be best to wait until her season has passed, it's a little bit more risky to spay while they're in season.
     
  9. lollo2304

    lollo2304 PetForums Junior

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    Thank you for the replies. I wasn't planning to neuter whilst she was calling, just curious if their was an optimum time from the kittens perspective.

    Looks like they'd be fine from now on so I may try and get her in as soon as she has stopped.

    Thanks again I appreciate the support.
     
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