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Old February 2nd, 2008, 11:46 PM
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Age to neuter/spay Birmans?

I'm getting 2 Birman littermates. The breeder recommends not getting them altered until 8-10 months of age since this breed is slow to mature. They aren't old enough to leave Mom yet, but can come home at about 12 weeks of age. Since it's a boy & a girl I'm getting, I'm afraid of leaving it that long in case they decide to mate! I'd like to get at least one of them altered a little earlier than that. I live in an apartment & don't really have enough room to keep them separate. Is this a breed thing as far as the slow maturing goes & what harm, if any, may come with getting one of them done earlier than 8-10 months? Likely the boy, as territory marking would not smell very nice either.
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 12:03 AM
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I would get them done much earlier than that. I would say 4 - 5 months. Both my girls were done a little to early. I got them from the rescue at 7-8 weeks old, and they had already been spayed.

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Old February 3rd, 2008, 07:21 AM
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I agree with clm,even though I don't know about maturing in Birmans,only know they are beautiful cats.
My boys(cat)were all neutered at 6 months and one of them still spray on occasion.
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Old February 4th, 2008, 10:10 AM
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I would not wait until 8 months to get my cat fixed, you risk your male cat will start the habit of spraying and your female going into heat. Depending upon your vet and the equipment they are using, they will spay/neuter at 2 lbs, many like to wait until they are at least 4lbs. As for slow to maturing, is your breeder talking about the males, because it is possible that the male's testicles will fall at a later date than other cats. In my foster mutts, they fell at about 3 months (12 weeks) and were neutered at 14 wks (they were between 3 and 4 lbs).
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Old February 4th, 2008, 10:24 AM
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I would not wait until 8 months to get my cat fixed, you risk your male cat will start the habit of spraying and your female going into heat. Depending upon your vet and the equipment they are using, they will spay/neuter at 2 lbs, many like to wait until they are at least 4lbs. As for slow to maturing, is your breeder talking about the males, because it is possible that the male's testicles will fall at a later date than other cats. In my foster mutts, they fell at about 3 months (12 weeks) and were neutered at 14 wks (they were between 3 and 4 lbs).
I agree with love, I waited until 4 lbs and then snip, snip.
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Old February 4th, 2008, 10:33 AM
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I would think 8 to 10 months is risking a pregnancy. Male cats can sire kittens as early as 5 months. Another book I read says sexual maturity is reached at 8 to 10 months. From what I have been reading it doesn't seem like any vet can make up their mind as to when sexual maturity actually happens.
I just know from experience with mine. Some of my girls are in heat now and they are 7 and 8 months.
I know my vet won't spay a male before 6 months because of the increased risk of developing kidney stones if done earlier. IME it has always been 6 months for spays and neutures. I don't think breeds make any difference as far as being able to reproduce. A cat is a cat is a cat???

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