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Will my kitten be altered and included in the price given, and what are the benefits of early alteration (spay, neutered) of a kitten?
Unfortunately no. This service is currently unavailable. Early alteration means early seasonal cycles in females cats and spraying in male cats. Most Veterinarians however point out that alteration should be performed before 5 months to avoid running the risk of earlier sexual maturity. While the argument for altering a kitten prior to the onset of puberty is said to be a greater advantage as mentioned above, at say 5 months, and is generally accepted by veterinarians, it could also be argued that it makes no difference to have a kitten altered at 5 months or as early at 10 weeks of age, since the benefits from early alteration apply in both cases. The alteration surgery performed on a kitten at 10 weeks actually facilitates a more rapid recovery since there is less anaesthesia required and generally less trauma experienced compared to a 5 month-
Are there fears of negative side effects of early neutering warranted?
In a study, kittens were divided into three groups: Group 1 (11 kittens) were neutered or spayed at 7 weeks of age. Group 2 (11 kittens) were neutered or spayed at 7 months. Group 3 (the control group of 9 kittens) were not neutered until maturity and after the completion of the first phase of the study at 12 months. The observations results of the comparisons weight showed some differences between the three groups. Males weighed consistently more than females, but this was uniform in all groups. The studies of body composition and body fat indicated that Group 1 (neutered at 7 weeks) and Group 2 (neutered at 7 months) were identical and were generally fatter than Group 3 (neutered at 12 months, after they were sexually mature). Investigators point out that by 12 months, the male cats in Group 3 were already exhibiting the normal adult male characteristics of decreased weight and the development of jowls, which accounts for some of the differences. There was generally no difference in food consumption between the three groups other than the differences between males and females, which were consistent in all groups. There was no difference observed in the growth rates in all three groups, although the males grew faster in all groups. Increased long bone length was observed in both males and females in Groups 1 and 2. This appeared to be due to the fact that physical closing (closure of the bone growth plate) was delayed in Groups 1 & 2. This explains why cats neutered and spayed as kittens are frequently larger (longer and taller) than unaltered cats or cats altered later in life. This seems to be particularly true for males.In terms of behavior, after 7 months, the cats in Group 3 were noticeably less affectionate and more aggressive prior to altering than the cats in Groups 1 and 2. Contrary to popular opinion, neutered animals were as active as their unaltered age mates. Observations of urinary tract development showed no differences between the three groups other than the differences related to sex and these were consistent across all groups. The investigators measured the diameter of the urethra in the male kittens only and found no differences between the groups. Concerns have been raised that early neutering would result in smaller diameters in the urinary tract, resulting in an increased incidence of cystitis and related problems. This does not appear to be the case. The main differences observed between the groups occurred in the comparison of secondary sex characteristics. Males were examined for differences in the development of the penis and prepuce (skin covering the penis), as well as for the development of penile spines. The penile spines were absent in Group 1, smaller than normal in Group 2, and normally developed in Group 3. In the examination of the female kittens, investigators found that the vulvas were more infantile in Groups 1 and 2 and normal in Group 3. None of these differences had any impact on the ability to catheterize the kittens. Concerns that development of the urinary tract might be arrested or impaired by early spaying and neutering proved unsupported. The results of this study so far indicate that the differences between cats neutered at 7 weeks and 7 months are insignificant. The differences observed between animals in Groups 1 and 2 and the animals in Group 3, while in some cases statistically significant, are not differences which appear to affect the health of the animal in a negative way.
Early Alteration is also endorsed by the following Organisations:
* AVAR (Assoc of Vets for Animal Rights)
* American Humane Association
* The American Animal Hospital Assn
* HSUS, Humane Society of the US
* Cat Fanciers Association
* Texas A & M College of Vet Med.
* University of Minnesota Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine
* Knox County Humane Society
* Capital Area Humane Society
* Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
* Doris Day Animal League
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