This thread is making me extremely sad and I am trying desperately to not get emotional, but its hard when I have 2 kittens at home after being dumped because of an "accident" ( I was in the shelter when they came in)
Chrissy, please don't get upset. We're talking about two kittens that BL hasn't found homes for. I'm sure they're not going to just be dumped, hence this thread. And getting upset about this is futile. There will be irresponsible pet owners as long as there are pets. No point getting upset about it, when you're doing your best to prevent the problem.
In regards to this issue I can really see both sides.
People like Chrissy who so obviously care a great deal about animal welfare have nothing but my eternal admiration and I applaude her actions as she does wonderful things.
Having said that from an average lay persons POV, I have always loved and had cats as pets, but everything I ever heard from vets etc read in cat care books, was desexing at 5-6 months old. When we got our old family cat from the Cat Protection Society about 17 years ago (and she is still with us) we were allowed to take her home straight away at 8 weeks without being desexed, we paid for the desxing up front and were required to take her back to the affiliated vets for desexing at 5 months.
Until I read it here on these forums I was not aware that cats could be dexed so young. As the average responsible cat owner I took my current cat and had her vaccinated as a kitten and arranged with my vet to have her desexed at 5 months on the vets advice. I think that most people who are not as intimate or educated as the likes of Chrissy and Lizzums in regards to the age of desexing issue would take the advice of their vet and have thier pet desexed at the vets recommended age. I do not think that its fair to criticise or judge the OP for doing the right thing as per her vets advice. She was trying to get her cat desexed when she found out she was pregnant, she is trying to find loving homes for the resulting kittens and did not cruelly or callously dump them. I think that she has done her best and if you think she was wrong maybe educate but dont berate!!
For my own further curiosity, if the shelters etc are advocating desexing from around 10 weeks, why is this not recommended by vets??
Well said Leigh, I agree with everything you've pointed out.