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MissTeBe Thu 30-Aug-18 10:46:25

I have just refined two male kittens from a rescue/rehoming charity

They are about 3 months old

At what age should they be neutered? Does it make a difference that they’re both male?

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MissTeBe Thu 30-Aug-18 10:46:47

*rehomed

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QuestionableMouse Thu 30-Aug-18 10:48:08

My vet wanted them to be over a certain weight. Iirc 3kg but if you ring your vet they should be able to tell you.

SuburbanRhonda Thu 30-Aug-18 10:49:45

Agree - phone your vet.

MissTeBe Thu 30-Aug-18 11:52:28

My vet says 7 months

Everything I’ve read on the j Turner says earlier is better, ideally 4 months

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viccat Thu 30-Aug-18 11:54:19

Ideally before they reach sexual maturity so around 4-5 months of age at the latest. Some vet's still have outdated views on this though and want to wait longer...

If they reach sexual maturity they can develop some behavioural issues and start urine marking as they are male. (For female kittens you want to neuter before their first season to avoid some health issues and prevent the frustration of being in season.)

cricketmum84 Thu 30-Aug-18 11:54:50

Usually between 4-5 months - although my new kitten was nowhere near big enough at 4 months so we ended up waiting until her weight had gone up a little before it could be done.

serbska Thu 30-Aug-18 12:03:48

You should be able to have it done at 4 months if they are big and healthy enough. Its a super easy op for a male.

Vinorosso74 Thu 30-Aug-18 12:07:43

Yep 4 months is recommended. Our vet says they should be done by 5 months. Obviously if they are too small you may need to wait.

cricketmum84 Thu 30-Aug-18 12:18:49

@MissTeBe you are aware that you aren't allowed to use the word kitten without an accompanying pic of the wee bundles of fluff don't you?? grin

MissTeBe Thu 30-Aug-18 12:23:46

Smokey and Simba

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thecatneuterer Thu 30-Aug-18 12:36:36

4 months

Vinorosso74 Thu 30-Aug-18 13:01:20

Toe floofs! They are very cute.

Vinorosso74 Thu 30-Aug-18 13:03:42

As an aside I saw some of the Yorkshire Vet TV program this week (staying with my parents) and he seemed late neutering his own young cat who he'd acquired as a young kitten. My point being it wasn't sending out a very responsible message.

cricketmum84 Thu 30-Aug-18 13:07:03

😍 very cute!

dementedpixie Thu 30-Aug-18 14:11:25

My 2 boys were done at 4 months. I had to use an alternative vet though as mine said 6 months

WickedGirl Thu 30-Aug-18 20:20:14

Because mine are from a charity, I need to use the vet they’ve already paid for the neutering

Whatsthisbear Thu 30-Aug-18 20:29:42

My vet said 6 months and a certain weight

AveABanana Thu 30-Aug-18 21:07:46

We had boy/ girl sibling set. He was a right porker so was done on the dot of 4 months as was well over the lower weight but we had to wait until almost 6 months for her as she was only close to 2 kg even then - but not going out so safe from pregnancy.

Cailleach1 Thu 30-Aug-18 21:25:17

I have brother and sister cats. The vet told us 6 months. However, at around 4 to 4 and a half months, the boy got very frisky, physical and domineering with the girl cat. We were very nervous, as you can imagine with a male and female, and really pushed to get them done at around 5 months.

We were very glad we did as you could see the difference in his behaviour straight away. He had been sexually maturing. And all were safe from inbred kittens. Ours were/are strong, healthy and great eaters. Maybe this helped their (what we thought seemed premature) sexual development.

Cailleach1 Thu 30-Aug-18 21:26:50

Ave, I'm laughing at your porker. Describes my boy, too.

hartof Thu 30-Aug-18 21:29:13

16 weeks was the youngest our vet would do and he went in at 17 weeks. Mum has a kitten about 2 weeks younger, took her to pets at home vet for scheduled neutering and they said kittens have to be at least 2kg.

AveABanana Thu 30-Aug-18 21:31:21

And you've described the frisky incestuous humping very well too!
Would two boys fight instead?

emelsie Thu 30-Aug-18 21:32:08

Yep did my 2 (brother and sister) both at 4 months .

dementedpixie Thu 30-Aug-18 21:47:34

Cats protection have a kitten neutering database that I used to find a vet to do my boys at 4 months:

www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/neutering/enr

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