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What age to neuter a sterile male?

Discussion in 'Savannah Cat Health' started by Dantes, May 2, 2012.

  1. Dantes

    Dantes Guest

    Duma's only about 4 months, so we have a little time...

    But what is the optimal age to neuter him? As an F3 he's sterile, but I also am not interested in him spraying about the house, so the question of age is what's best for him.

    This question came up tangentially on the ragdoll message board. Someone posted this: http://catvet.homestead.com/earlyalter.html

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Ashley

    Ashley Savannah Super Cat

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    We had Kovu neutered at 4 months.
     
  3. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    Taj was neutered at 5 months...I know it is personal preference about early s/n..
     
  4. Dantes

    Dantes Guest

    but on what should I be basing my "personal preference"? lol

    I want him to stay just like he is today. Same size, same energy, same personality. He is perfect! But everybody has to grow up, and since there is no choice in that matter, I'd like him to grow up as healthy as possible.
     
  5. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    I remember Cisco, my DSH being neutered at 4 mos old...

    Pam, I can't remember where I read that early spay/neuter allows kittens to grow larger because of growth plate development...
     
  6. Per Lausund

    Per Lausund Moderator Staff Member

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    Growth zones in long bones (legs!) close at the onset of puberty. Wait as long as you dare (and if he spays once or twice that will stop with castation.
    p
     
  7. Kronos

    Kronos Guest

    The earlier you neuter, the earlier the hormones are removed, so the growth plates don't necessarily fuse at the correct times which can in turn allow the bones to grow a little bit longer than if you had not neutered early. In dogs it is recommended to spay/neuter after the growth plates close unless there are marking issues that are untrainable. In cats I do not think we can train them not to spray, so most people do it before 6 months of age to prevent spraying.

    Generally, animals that are s/n after growth plates close will have stockier bodies.

    Both my cats were neutered very young. Solo around 10 weeks, Kronos at either 8 or 9 weeks.
     
  8. Pam Flachs

    Pam Flachs Savannah Super Cat

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    I've heard that too. I believe Kelly S. knows quite a bit about it...perhaps she'll answer!
     
  9. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    That's what I heard - thanks Alisha...so Dr. Per does not agree with this ;)
     
  10. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    I think Alisha answered...
     

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