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Male cat neutering is best done at 7 weeks of age. True or False? — 19 Comments

  1. I adopted a kitten from the local shelter and the shelter insisted on spaying before adoption based on the 3 pound weight. The kitten was approximately 2 months old…maybe 3 at most. When the staff weighed her, they said she could be spayed immediately. I asked how much she weighed. The staff girl that weighed her said: “8 pounds.” I told her there was no way she weighed 8 pounds…another staffer went back to weigh her again. When I asked how much she weighed, I was told it was not my business and that all I needed to know is that she was ready to be spayed. So they sent her off to the clinic for spay surgery (not neutering, but actually spay surgery.) When I asked the doctor about her weight, I was told she was 2 pounds something. I understand the importance of spay and neuter. But, although I am an advocate of this, I do not think it is ok to spay too early and put the kitten at risk. For neutering, I do not think this should be done before 4-6 months. For spaying, I think the kitten should be at least 6 months. It is difficult to continue to support vet’s offices and shelters that push for immediate spay-neuter surgery and put animals’s lives at risk.

    • Ruth, thanks for commenting and sharing your experience which supports the argument that shelters are firmly focused one thing: neuter and spay at any price because they are so committed to trying to reduce the number of unwanted cats. Their attitude seems brutal and dishonest. I don’t like it.

  2. There are no cheap clinics here. We had Oozy and Jubilee done at between 4 and 5 months. Vet wanted to wait but as soon as Oozy started sniffing her hiney they went in the next week. Males are $90 and females $165 at the cheaper vet. They were still drunk here. Went in the cage and returned in the cage. I love those $25 cages.

      • We have 2 of them stacked and use for feeding Sealy. Furby was asleep on top of the cages a few nights ago. He rolled off. I looked over and saw him hanging by his front claws and looking at me like it was my fault. Sealy went for all of his surgery visits in the cage. I think he felt more relaxed than being put in a vet holding cage.

    • Oh Elisa.
      I’m shocked at the pricing for neutering in your area. I guess that there are no discount vouchers or TNR vets. Today, I pay $10 per cat which includes neutering, welllness check, rabies vaccine, earmite treatment, and flea treatment.
      Come on down, girl!

      • Jesus. You are living in heaven. I think the charge for neutering Gabriel would have been around £55 ($83 USD) and spaying much more at around £165 ($250). The rescue organization paid on this occasion.

        • It’s because of my association with the rescue and TNR community. It pays to get very involved. To give is to get.

  3. LoThe Greenville shelter I work with does surgery at 3 pounds. If you go in to adopt and the kitten is 3 lbs and you won’t allow spay neuter before adoption you can’t adopt.

    If kitten is under 3 lbs you can foster to adopt and state you’ll return at the weight to have kitten fixed.

    My personal vet recommends 6-7 months. Furby was neutered at 5 months and stayed a small cat with a little head. Lola was around 9 months because of the backlog at the clinic, but with Furby fixed she wouldn’t get pregnant. We wanted her done at 7 months but there was a 2 month backlog.

    • Interesting on more than one front. To decide to neuter on weight is new to me. I don’t think it is possible to correlate weight with age or at least not accurately. Also Furby staying small is interesting but this may not be related to neutering.

      Thanks for that Elisa.

  4. Marvin wasn’t neutered until he was possibly five years old. He was part of a colony that is all but gone now. He may well be one of two left after a TNR project. Born feral, he was smart and quick to learn that people give him food! Today he looks like a scrapper, with a huge head, lots of ripping on his ears from fighting days. I’m convinced that the late neutering is why he is such a big guy. Very masculine. Where as Bigfoot, RIP, was probably neutered very young. He was a tiny cat in comparison.

    • Hurrah! Your comment supports my point of view. Thanks DW. I love Marvin. He is a splendid male cat. So male and so attractive because of it. He has male cat written all over his face and we love that.

      We like male cats to look male and female cats to look female. I love sweet looking, pretty female cats too.

      Neutering puts them in the middle: androgynous.

      The trouble with neutering is that it ignores what we love about male and female. I know “fixing” is important but I love the true male cat and the true female cat.

      • I’m not convinced that all non neutered males will develop any differently than was determined by their genes.

        Over the years I’ve cared for stray/feral colonies and taken in a number of ex-stray males. None of whom had been neutered until they came into my care.

        Blackie and Horace, were estimated by the vet to be senior cats, possibly in their early/mid teens. Horace, short haired black and white, was your stereotypical tom cat. He had the jowls, stocky build and the damaged ears of a street fighter. Blackie was longhaired, a bit like the old style Persian. He didn’t have visible jowls, but I could feel little fat pads when I stroked the side of his face.

        Charley, shorthaired ginger and white, joined us after Blackie was put to sleep (cancer). The vet estimated him to be 1 or 2 years old. He’s tall, with a slender build and petite face, but no visible jowls. Nor can I feel them when I stroke his face.

        Sophie was larger in height and build, than all of the boys. Yet she was spayed at just 4 months old when she came into heat for the first time.

  5. I think a male cat should not be neutered before his testicles are obviously large enough to prove he will soon be feeling the need to procreate. Certainly not before he is 5 months old!
    Each individual kitten is different, Walter was 6 months old when he was big enough, Jozef was 7 months old.
    I think the unseemly haste to neuter young kittens is wrong, why take their kitten hood away too soon? Why risk anaesthetic harming their young lungs? Maybe I’m old fashioned but if I am then our entire practice of vets is too, because they agree with me.
    It’s more important for a kittens vaccinations to be complete so that when he does go in for neutering, he is protected from any disease passed on from other cats in there on the same day.
    I’m glad you put your foot down Michael, you know what is right for your own cat.

    • Thanks Ruth. I like your comment. It is very sensible. I don’t want to “modify” so radically such a beautiful companion, Gabriel, but because I have to, I want to do in a way that has the minimum impact on him, physically and in terms of health.

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