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The timing of spaying and neutering for
cats is a topic that has generated different opinions
within the veterinary and animal welfare communities.
Humane societies and organizations devoted to
preventing pet overpopulation often advocate for early
spaying and neutering, which can occur as early as 8
weeks of age. Their primary objective is to reduce the
number of unwanted pets. However, many traditional
veterinary practices hesitate to perform surgery on very
young kittens due to concerns about potential increased
risks during surgery and anesthesia.
The Cat Fanciers Association notes that there isn't
sufficient scientific consensus on the most appropriate
age for neutering pets. As a result, recommendations
regarding the timing of spaying and neutering are
typically left somewhat open-ended. Nonetheless, it's
widely agreed upon that these procedures should ideally
be completed before a cat's first heat cycle, which
typically occurs before 6 months of age.
When you purchase a kitten from us, you enter into a
legal agreement stipulating that you will ensure spaying
or neutering is performed before the kitten reaches 6
months of age. This commitment serves multiple purposes.
Not only does it prevent unwanted pregnancies in cats,
but it also plays a significant role in preventing both
male and female cats from spraying and marking their
territory (which is your home). Unaltered cats, both
male and female, are prone to spraying, making them
unsuitable to live in your home.
Ultimately, the decision on when to spay or neuter your
cat should be made in consultation with your
veterinarian, as they can provide personalized guidance
based on your cat's specific needs.