Some people suggest that a male cat grows larger if he is not castrated until the age of one year. Is that true? I'm hoping that maybe some studies have been undertaken on the subject to either prove or disprove it.

  • I think their heads are definitely larger. I don't know anything else about it, though.
    – tedder42
    Oct 3 '14 at 17:35

The only study I have seen on size of cats related to castration says the opposite. If a cat is castrated in early age their bones actually get a tiny bit larger as it delays the closure of the growth-cycle of their bones. (THE EFFECT OF PREPUBERAL AND POSTPUBERAL GONADECTOMY ON RADIAL PHYSEAL CLOSURE IN MALE AND FEMALE DOMESTIC CATS)

If neutered before puberty the jowls will not grow as large though.

  • Thanks, this also seems to back up your answer: tibma.net/neuter_procedure.html
    – Yevgen
    Oct 22 '14 at 7:01
  • BTW, also it seems that the jowls are much more noticeable than the small difference in bones. This may be the reason why some say later castrated cat are bigger.
    – Yevgen
    Oct 22 '14 at 23:06
  • That seems very likely!
    – Nika
    Oct 23 '14 at 8:08

Having kept and worked with cats for many years, (I am pro neutering) I have found in my experience that cats neutered before age of 1year do not grow quite as big as those neutered earlier. Not all un-neutered male cats spray, however if they do it is extremely unpleasant. Neutering your cat is essential to curb this habit, along with aggression issues and unwanted kittens (far too many out there) and other health issues.


I've waited on my cat. He gained muscle and a larger head around 14 months. He's beautiful and big. The wide fave and forehead is worth the wait. I am neutering him now at age of year and a half. He has shown to strong of interest and aggressive behavior. His testosterone needs to be tamed. Although I would 100% wait again. I love the tom cat build over the longer tall cat with a smaller head.

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