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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-08-2003, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question What age to spay/neuter?

What is a good age to get my kittens fixed? I have a male and a female, so I need to do it before they decide to get too frisky, but wait as long as I can. Whatever is the best age for them.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-08-2003, 09:14 AM
 
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I don't really know about cats (ok Jodi, so why are you posting?? ) but with dogs I've always heard you should wait until they are 6 months old.
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It depends on the vet. Some vets will do early spays/neuters as young as 12 wks and others will make you wait 6 months. If you wait the 6 months they should be fine and you don't have to worry about spraying or hanky panky!
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-08-2003, 08:51 PM
 
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average age for both dogs and cats is 6 months. Cats can be done easily and safely by about 4 months. Most vets dont like to spay female cats before 4 of 5 months because thier "parts" aren't fully developed so it makes the procedure harder to do.
As far as the male kitty goes....they can start spraying as young as 5 months, but it's not that common.
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-08-2003, 09:46 PM
 
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Great advice from everyone. Check with your vet. Some vets will do earlier than others. Books typically say 6 months. Wellington was 'snip-snipped' at 5 months.
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Great, thank you guys!
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Six months for each. A lot of humane societies do it as young as 6 weeks. A lot of research I've done totally disagrees with that. They need some of those hormones to reach their full growth potential!!

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Yup, 6 weeks is the 'norm' here... When I went to the Animal Shelter to get my new kitty she's only 10 weeks old & had already been spayed... I didn't even know it was possible at that age
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That is terrible, I saw these kittens at 6 weeks...
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Wow 6 weeks huh! I heard 8 myself. I always thought it was 6 months. Then my vet said it could be 4. I adopted Snuggles and Ginger already fixed, but Smokie I got at 8 wks. I got him neutered at 7 months. I think 6 months would be a good time to get the little ones fixed, like everyone else said Tell me Becki, do the cuties have names yet??!!?!

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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-09-2003, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Not really, we're considering Will and Grace though I have GOT to name these guys! They do seem perfectly happy as 'kitty cats' though...
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-09-2003, 05:13 PM
 
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Here is an article I found a little while ago.
http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/repo...ly-neuter.html
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Will and Grace!! That's adorable Becki!!

I personally am for neutering the males as soon as the vet feels it can be safely done. The younger a male cat is neutered the less chance there is of him becoming a marker and sprayer. Once that behavior starts there is no guarantee it will stop even after he's been altered.
With females 5-6 months is usually the norm. The operation is major surgery.
I've just trusted my vet on when to do it.

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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-09-2003, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Candycane, that was a good article!
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Will & Grace sound like great names to me too!
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