We understand that there is some "debate" over whether early
spaying, or neutering, is "good for" a kitten and while we
recognize that there is some (potential) risk, for us, the risks
are far outweighed by the alternative risks. This is NOT a
topic we will debate - each prospective new owner of our kittens
has to accept that this is how we feel and what we do.
Other breeders have other feelings and while we absolutely
respect their viewpoints, they are theirs and work for them,
ours are ours... As such, prior to any of our kittens /
cats leaving our cattery, for their new homes, they are spayed
We do so, for a variety of
One... We can think of few
things that would be more traumatizing for a new kitten, than to
be brought into a new home, then taken to a vet, given an
operation and then brought back to, what is for them, a strange
home. By our handling this aspect, they come back to the
home they have always known, recover and are then ready to start
their new lives, in their new homes, only knowing the love and
attention their new families will give them.
Two... There are (at least)
two things we can think of that "ARE" worse than the above...
The very opposite... Not being spayed, or neutered. The
new family who does NOT take their kitten / cat to the vet to be
spayed, or neutered, after bringing them home.
Girls - Girls go into
heat. When they do, they can become very vocal and for
some, simply unpleasant to have around. If available, the
girl can be relegated to the basement - if they are lucky.
Some people will simply reach their breaking point and put the
There are also some vets and
individuals who have a "belief" that spaying a girl should only
be done "after" they have had a litter of kittens. While
there may be some aspect of this that is true, indiscriminate
breeding is not a good option. If we have "petted" out a
kitten, we have done so for a reason and ultimately did not feel
she was a good candidate to breed. Just because a boy is
available, from a breeder, or worse, from down the street, does
not mean a mating should be done. For those who wish to
teach their children about the "miracle of life", we
respectfully ask that you find another way of doing so.
Having a litter of kittens, which can't be given away and end up
in a box, on the side of a country road, is NOT what we want to
Boys - Many whole, male,
cats do not "spray" (mark their territory), but many / most do.
For those that don't, things may be fine and you are lucky.
For those that do (spray), the reaction most of us have to it is
rather basic... Out they go. In our case, "out"
means, they go to the "boys area" (The Bachelor Pad). For
us, this is a "planned" transition and we fully intend to then
use the boy for mating. In a "family" situation, this is
NOT the case and "out" will then mean... Outside. Rarely
will someone call their breeder and say "oops... I messed up and
did not get the boy neutered in time, you have to take him
back"... Even if they did, if the boy continues to spray
(after being neutered), he will have to be segregated with the
whole boys and will never have the opportunity to live in a
"family" environment... Through no fault of his own, other
than his instincts. The first of these results is
abhorrent to us, the second, simply irresponsible.
Again, while we fully respect the
opinions of other breeders and prospective owners, this is how
"we" feel and what "we" do and some of the reasons "we" have for