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When to neuter?

Brooke

Savannah Super Cat
#1
When is the best time to neuter? I have read some things on the internet advocating early neutering and I want to get my SV neutered before he gets to the age where he starts to spray, but my boyfriend is worried that getting him neutered at a young age will keep him from growing as large as he could. What have your experiences been with this?
 
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MK Anderson

Guest
#3
Everyone/breeder has a different option on this one. Some do it a early as 3ms and other say wait till 5/6ms. I have had to done early and one a 5ms.
 

Wyldthingz

Savannah Super Cat
#5
My vet won't even do them earlier than 5 months or 5 lbs. I understand that is sort of old school but I feel more comfortable if they are older. Maybe I am old school too!
 
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MK Anderson

Guest
#8
Now that I think back the rescue I got Pergie from did it when he was 2 pounds(not what I would recommend doing). he was 7wks old and that was 5yrs ago. I know it's a debate I was just telling what my cats where.
 

Marissa

Savannah Super Cat
#9
A friend got a tabby from the shelter and he was neutered at a young age, under 10 weeks and he grew to be a large boy.
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#10
It won't make him grow bigger to leave him intact, in fact the reverse can be true. Production of testosterone will close the growth plates, hence you might expect an early-neutered male to grow larger than his un-neutered brother.

You'll find varying opinions on the right age to neuter, I think studies have shown no significant ill-effects of early spay-neuter programs... my vet has a 4 months or 4lb minimum...