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How old to spay/neuter kittens?

Old 07-31-2011, 07:36 AM
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I have an appointment set for Aug 8 for our kitten. The vet told us she had to be at least 5 pounds, which at a pound a month, 5 months old. Someone just dropped her off at about 5 weeks, and she's been my sidekick ever since. She's a keeper.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by sewmom
Spaying/neutering at 8-10weeks is too early!!!there is a vet near here that takes care of Humane Soc. And SOS pets, that fixes them really young because they heal quicker. My vet and others that I talked to said the kittens urinary tracts need to mature enough or they will have kidney problems and UTIs when they are bigger. A study was done with lions and the males that were fixed too soon never developed a mane because of the lack of hormones. IMHO before 3-4months is too early. Talk to a vet you trust and go by their recommendation.
I'm not arguing with you just stating what I have seen with our rescues. Never had that problem and I have 9 cats and been foster at one time or another to at least 45. I agree talk to a vet but if you wait until 4 mos you take your chances of the cat becoming pregnant or a male's hormones starting up. Like I said we have kittens having kittens.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:43 AM
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I had mine done at 6 months. 6-8 weeks they are weaned.
Check your newspaper for a clinic or vet that does them free or at a reduced cost. In MS once or twice a year the students at MS State do neutering as part of their training.
Maybe yours does too.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:47 AM
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Our vet says 6 months at the earliest. We had our male cat done at about 7 months. Our female dog was spayed at 6 months. She is a very hyper dog and we were told that she should settle down afterward. Didn't happen!!
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:54 AM
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what I read was about what is called "pediatric spaying" (2 months). Basically they were saying, adoption agencies were letting the kittens go at two months with a certificate for a free spay at 4 months, but a certain number would either run off or not be brought in for the procedure, thus increasing the number of unwanted kittens again.
By doing it at 2 months, the kittens were spayed BEFORE going to their forever homes and the agency did not have to worry about them making more kittens.
This is the reason for doing it early.

I found this great FB page

lists free spay/neuter clinics all over the US. You don't have to sign in to facebook to see it. Lots in Wisconsin but I put up the main page so others could find their state.
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:10 AM
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Here is a link for info, and a paragraph. http://www.hdw-inc.com/spayneuter.htm
Most frequently, it is recommended that female kittens be spayed at six months of age, or preferably before their first heat. The surgery, called "ovariohysterectomy", involves anesthetizing the animal, and the veterinarian makes an incision through which the cat's ovaries and uterus are removed. The surgical incision is then closed by either non-absorbable stitches (which must then be removed in approximately 7 to 10 days); or by sub-cuticular stitches, or by sutures that are placed below the skin and that gradually dissolve on their own in the body. There is another procedure that can be performed on female cats, and that is called a "tubal ligation", which is the surgical procedure which makes the female sterile, but does not prevent her from coming into heat and attracting males. Obviously, tubal ligation is not very popular for that very reason!!
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:12 AM
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by at least 4 months before they go into their heat cycle or start territorial marking for boys
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:38 AM
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Anytime before the 1st cycle which
comes about 6 months of age.
In the past worked for a vet.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:16 AM
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In Georgia there is a special program thru the state that our local Humane Society administers. It is a reduced price spay/neuter program. My dog was neutered for $65.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:29 AM
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Gee I always thought that you waited at least until they were about 4 months old, but since they are in the wild, the sooner the better.
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