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Vanessa

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« on: November 17, 2008, 03:11:06 PM »

Julian is only 4 months old now but I just decided to gather the information in advance.

Here is the information I found on the net:
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=563

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Another reason to neuter a male cat has to do with the physical appearance. Cats who are neutered prior to puberty (most cats are neutered at approximately age 6 months) do not develop secondary sex characteristics. These include a more muscular body, thickenings around the face called shields, and spines on the penis.


The fact is that I want Julian to fully develop physically into a big musculine beautiful cat  Cheesy and I do want him to have "shields" on his face. At the same time I know from the first hand experience what "marking" is :roll: and off course I want to avoid it.

I think that the cat will develop into a mature male not earlier than by 1 year. At the same time I read on the net that 1 year is too late.

Would you please advise? Thank you in advance!
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Shamrock

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008, 03:24:43 PM »

Hi Vanessa,
I think this is a fairly debatable matter overall.
The breeders would be able to advise you best on this aspect of physical characteristics.
 I'm not even sure what shields on the face actually are. :?:

As a pet owner, my understanding was that there was no downside physically to neutering a pet cat  at six months - that they would develop just the same in size and build.
I also believed that if a sexually mature male cat begins to spray.. there was a risk this might continue if neutering was delayed.  :?
Purrs,
Fran
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Fultonblue

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2008, 07:40:40 PM »

Well, while the internet is a useful tool to do research, don't believe everything you read!

There is nothing to prevent the cat from developing by neutering him at this age. Spines on the penis is a sign of a sexually mature male - with that comes calling and if genetically predispositioned - spraying. Not all males spray BUT, their urine will take on a much stronger odor. They can become restless and may have changes in their personality some lose weight - because lets face it - males have one thing on their mind. (no offense to all the guys on the site!)

Some breeders will spay or neuter pets at 12 weeks before they go to their new homes - I'm a little uncomforable with doing it at this age - but by 6 months I don't see any problems and highly recommend it.
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rhonab

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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2008, 03:41:17 AM »

:shock: SPIKES on the penis :shock:  ewwwwww!
 I didn't know that.  My boys were done by the shelter, rescue and Farmer before I got them.
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schneesmom

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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2008, 05:38:04 AM »

I would go ahead and start thinking about getting him done now.  4 months is a good age as long as he is healthy and solid.  The recovery time is quicker for a smaller kitty (not to mention less expensive).  I do rescue and we spay and neuter as soon as the cats are 2# or over.  I have had my Persians done at 4 months of age.  You don't want him to become sexually mature because then he may develop spraying habits that will not go away when he's fixed.  Better to take care of it before he gets any ideas...   Cheesy

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Vanessa

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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2008, 08:35:34 AM »

Thank you, guys!

I can't fix him now anyway, even if I wanted to, and the procedure will not be easy and certainly expensive - one of his testicle didn't drop down (?) and in his abdomenal :? .

I also don't know any vets in the area, I hope maybe cleonjay will be so kind as to recommend one...
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loxnottpersians

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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2008, 09:28:58 AM »

If both testicles are descended most vets will neuter as soon as possible. Most of the time that's between 4-5 months but some have been known to drop earlier.

As far as the cryptic testicle, you should try getting in touch with a spay/neuter clinic. I have one in my area that keep their costs WAY down because that is all they do. I have a boy once with that problem and it cost me about 150 with solvable stitches.
Link below is to your local clinics...
http://www.cityofsacramento.org/generalservices/animal-care/behavior/spray.cfm

I have found the complete opposite as far as development. Since most of their energy and hormones are no longer on breeding it helps to mature the cat faster I believe. I.E. bigger, healthier coat, better body condition, etc.
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Vanessa

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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2008, 01:47:06 PM »

Wow, that's wonderful news! Thank you so much for sharing this really great information!

Actually, I work for the City of Sacramento Cheesy but I've never heard of such programm within our organization. I suspect that most of those vet clinics provide their services for only low income applicants with income less than 35K a year, and I do not fall into this category but I hope I'll find something that will not be as expensive as I was told ($300 minimum).
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karine

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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2008, 01:59:30 PM »

What do you think about Early Neuter-Spay ENS .
At around 13 weeks before kitten goes to new home?
Any one doing it ?
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Mr. Fluffy

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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2008, 07:12:32 AM »

You mention the word SPRAYING for male cats, my persian is 6 months old.

Can someone tell me what spraying is and how can I tell if my un nutered cat is spraying?


I have alot to learn
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Joan

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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2008, 10:03:48 AM »

Spraying is when a male cat backs up to a wall or some other surface and litterally spays urine on the surface.
He does this to mark his territory.
Getting him neutered before he matures sexually will/should prevent this.
You will also notice that a male unneutered cat will have a very strong urine smell, neutering will help to reduce this smell greatly.
Now is a good time, at 6 months to neuter Mr.Fluffy, or at the latest by 8 months.

Purrs,
Joan
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Mr. Fluffy

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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2008, 10:38:59 AM »

I thaught only the females did that to lure the male

If I was to get Mr. Fluffy neutered would he still have a sex drive and still want to mate, even though he is a virgin? I'd hate him to miss out on all this action.

I also take it he will put on weight after getting fixed, I did. :lol:
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karine

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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2008, 11:08:57 AM »

What about ENS Huh?
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Mr. Fluffy

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« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2008, 11:26:31 AM »

I'm a new person to cat ownership


Whats ENS?
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karine

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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2008, 12:58:48 PM »

Early Neuter Spaying ....
Its what some breeders do at around the age of 13 weeks...
I'm trying to learn something about it !!!
Smiley
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