Getting your kitten spayed or neutered not only prevents the birth of unwanted litters of kittens, these common veterinary surgeries can also help to protect your cat against some serious health conditions. Today, our Davidson County vets discuss the best age to have your kitten fixed as well as the benefits of having your cat spayed or neutered.
What are spaying and neutering?
Getting your cat 'fixed' is a generic term for having your pet spayed or neutered. Neutering is the sterilization of male kittens and cats by removing the testes, and spaying is the sterilization of female pets by removing their reproductive organs.
How old do kittens have to be to get fixed?
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.
That said, there is no age limit to spaying or neutering your cat as long as they are in good health. Therefore, it is never too late to get your cat fixed, even healthy cats in their teens can safely have this procedure done.
It's important to note that kittens can start reproducing when they are as young as 4 to 6 months old! So it can be a good idea to have your kitty 'fixed' before they reach puberty, or begin their first heat cycle. Spaying and neutering, while your cat is young, can help to prevent accidental pregnancy, lower the risk of certain health conditions, and may help to prevent your cat from establishing some undesirable behaviors.
Your vet knows your cat best. To find out the best age to spay or neuter your kitten speak to your veterinarian.
What are the benefits of spaying your female cat?
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 toward lowering the number of unwanted kittens living in your community.
Looking past the prevention of unwanted kittens, having your female cat spayed has a handful of health benefits. For example, there's less risk of your cat developing malignant mammary tumors later in life if she is spayed before her first heat cycle.
Spaying can also help keep your cat from developing an infection of the uterus, and developing cancers of the reproductive organs.
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
Some health benefits of having your male cat neutered include a reduced risk of your cat developing prostate or testicular cancer.
Male cats that are neutered often show less inclination to fight with other male cats, helping to reduce the risk of serious injuries caused by fighting.
Neutering your male cat could also lower your kitty's desire to roam in search of females. Less desire to roam helps to reduce the risk of injury caused by traffic accidents as they travel long distances.
Having your male cat fixed may also help to prevent him from spraying around your home and property to mark his territory, and will prevent your cat from fathering countless kittens.
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.
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