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How old do kittens have to be to get fixed?

You are preventing more than just the birth of unwanted kittens when you get your cat spayed or neutered. You are also protecting them from some serious health conditions. Today, our Leighton vets discuss the best age to spay or neuter your kitten as well as the benefits of having them fixed.

What are Spay and Neuter Procedures?

When we talk about having your cat "fixed," we're referring to having your pet spayed or neutered. Male pets are fixed by removing their testes, whereas female pets are fixed by removing their reproductive organs.

When is the best time to spay or neuter a kitten?

So, when, exactly, is it safe to have a kitten spayed or neutered? There are many different opinions about when you should have your kitty spayed or neutered. Early or pediatric spay/neuter is generally done at approximately six to eight weeks of age, whereas standard spay and neuter procedures are most often conducted at about five to six months of age. Although, these procedures can be performed at any time during your cat's life as long as they are healthy. Therefore, it is never too late to have your cat spayed or neutered, even healthy cats in their teens can safely have this procedure done.

Because kittens can begin reproducing as young as 4 to 6 months of age, you may want to have your kitty 'fixed' before puberty or their first heat cycle to avoid accidental pregnancy or certain health conditions.

In order to determine the most appropriate time to spay or neuter your kitten, it is always best to consult with your veterinarian. They will be able to provide you with this information.

The Benefits of Getting Your Female Cat Spayed

It's estimated that in as little as seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce approximately 420,000 kittens. Having your female cat fixed can make a big contribution to lowering the number of unwanted kittens living in your community.

Aside from preventing unwanted kittens, having your female cat spayed has a number of health benefits. For example, if your cat is spayed before her first heat cycle, she is less likely to develop malignant mammary tumors later in life.

As an additional benefit, spaying your female cat can help prevent the development of cancers of the reproductive organs as well as infections of the uterus.

Spaying might also help eliminate several unwanted female cat behaviors such as heat-induced howling, increased and overly intense affection, intense rubbing on objects, marking territory with urine, and the desire to wander.

The Benefits of Having Your Male Cat Neutered

When you neuter your male cat, you reduce the likelihood that your cat will develop prostate or testicular cancer. This is one of the many health benefits of having your cat neutered.

It is common for male cats that have been neutered to exhibit a reduced propensity to engage in combat with other male cats, which contributes to a reduction in the likelihood of serious injuries being caused by fighting.

As an additional benefit, neutering your male cat may lessen his desire to roam around in search of females. When cats are neutered, they have less of a desire to roam, which contributes to a lower risk of injury from traffic accidents along the way.

An additional benefit of having your male cat fixed is that it will prevent him from spraying around your home and property in order to mark his territory. Additionally, it will prevent your cat from fathering an excessive number of kittens.

What are the spay & neuter procedures like for a cat?

The spay procedure for a cat, also known as an ovariohysterectomy, involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus through a small incision in the abdomen. This surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia by a veterinarian and is considered a routine and safe procedure with minimal risks.

The neuter procedure for a cat involves the removal of the testicles through a small incision in the scrotum. This is a routine surgery that is performed under general anesthesia.

Recovery from the Spay or Neuter Procedure

The recovery process for a cat after a spay or neuter procedure typically involves keeping the cat in a quiet, confined space to prevent excessive movement and monitoring their incision site for any signs of infection. It is important to follow any post-operative care instructions provided by the veterinarian, such as administering medication and limiting activity, to ensure a smooth recovery for the cat.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

There are many great benefits to having your feline friend fixed. Contact our vets in Leighton today to schedule your cat's spay or neuter procedure.

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