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Is it always at 6 months (apart from some charities and breeders who do it in infancy)?
One of my kittens is bigger, bolder and much more adventurous than his brother. He's frantic to go outside, is clearly the dominant one and keeps humping his smaller brother. His balls are bigger too. I don't want them neutered before 6 months but wonder whether I can wait that long. They're not quite 3 months old now.
 

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It depends really some vets neuter before 6 months depending on whether the testicles have decended or if they are at the correct weight. My vet practice were very strict and wouldn't perform the op before 6 months but you can always shop around.

As you have 2 boys you don't have the added worry about an unplanned pregnancy as long as you keep the boys inside.

To be perfectly honest with you it does sound like your older kitten is just that much more boisterous than his brother so nothing to worry about...... yet at least.

I had a bro and sis and leo was so much bigger and more "hormonal" that his sis so I understand your reasons for early neutering.
 

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Some Vets will neuter from 12 weeks some will only do at 6 months or 2kg in weight, having said that 6 months is very very young to be letting a cat out especially with the nights closing in now, maybe keep them in until next spring when the nights are drawing out and the weather is warmer if possible.
 

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Spotty cats - I want my kittens to have done most of their growing before they lose all their hormones.
Why do you neuter your kittens so very young? I assumed breeders did this to stop their kittens' owners breeding from them and competing for buyers. Can anyone tell the difference between those neutered as babies and those done after 6 months?
 

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Spotty cats - I want my kittens to have done most of their growing before they lose all their hormones.
Why do you neuter your kittens so very young? I assumed breeders did this to stop their kittens' owners breeding from them and competing for buyers. Can anyone tell the difference between those neutered as babies and those done after 6 months?
It's irresponsible not to neuter before placement, it also puts a stop to any breeding accidental or otherwise (creating BYB's). Also my breed tend to come into heat before 4 months, and boys are ready to work from 4 months.

There is no difference in early neutering other than those done before 6 months are usually larger. They grow longer, taller and are bigger than those done at 6 months or later.
There also isn't any spraying or other undesirable entire cat traits in those who are done early.
Early neutering has been done for decades, all shelters and most breeders here do early neutering from 8-12 weeks of age.
 

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We also do ours at 10 wks for boys and 12 wks for girls, each having a week to recover and remove any stitches before being placed in new homes 12-13 weeks. My vet won't desex kittens under 1kg (which mine easily reach at 10 wks or earlier, BSH are big cats), but others will desex at a much earlier age - the RSPCA desexes kittens at 8 wks or 800gms so long as the kitten is otherwise healthy. Also have to agree with spotty cats on all points, none of my kittens have ever been negatively affected by early desexing and growth has not been impeded by it. There is a lot of research on bone development, specifially growth plates and early desexing - and as I breed BSH this was of interest to me - subluxation of patellas can be a problem in big cats like mine. The research on both sides has strong arguments, but nothing convincing for anti-early desexing supporters and I personally haven't seen any long (or short) term significant difference in the growth or development of my desexed cats, even years later. I also prefer to have them desexed to prevent BYB, and especially as desexing contracts are rarely honoured. I early desex also as respect for new owners - some males will start spraying as soon as they reach sexual maturity or earlier, and for many leaving it until 6 months might mean that their lovely pet is now an odorous spray reeking male, or a heavily singing female - both of which ultimately change pet behaviour and are highly unpleasant for the average "pet" owner. My buyers pay good money for a lovely, well socialised pet kitten that will grow into a beautiful cat without those vices - and thats exactly what they get. There are always going to be two sides of the argument for this topic, and Ive seen vets argue among themselves over it as well, but for me the positive benefits from responsible early desexing enhances the quality of ownership experience for pet owners as well as satisfies the need to reduce the number of BYB kittens that end up circulating pet sale boards and inevitably the streets.
 

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Ask your vet - not the nurse or the receptionist.

I had Willow booked in for when she was almost 6 months. In the meantime I got Holly and Rowan. I asked the nurse if I could get them all together and she no, they had to be 6 months old.

I took Holly and Rowan in for their jabs and asked the vet - he was more than happy to do them at the same time, they were just over 3 months.

Rowan (male) didn't even know he had had an op, Holly recovered quicker than Willow (both girls).

There is no reason not to get them done early, its a myth that it stunts their growth, if anything, they grow bigger :eek:
 

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http://www.petforums.co.uk/cat-health-nutrition/258138-when-neuter-your-kitten.html
Some great replies above from experienced breeders with compelling arguments encouraging earlier neutering. The above link will take you to a video discussing this issue. CP have a list of vets in all areas who are happy to early neuter and hopefully this will grow ever longer as vets adapt their surgical skills to help the ongoing crisis of cat over population.
 
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