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How old to spay/neuter kittens?

Old 07-30-2011, 02:10 PM
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Inside we have Kiki, who showed up in our backyard about 16 years ago as a kitten (and now has chronic liver failure), and O'Malley, who showed up a few years ago as an adult - and found his way inside after our Maggie passed away from cancer (she was also a stray who had multiple bb's in her - an abused past).

Outside, we have two wild cats that we feed - Scruff, a mangy black longhair with a mouth (he's very demanding when he's hungry - but will not let himself be touched), and a large black & white cat we call Mugsy - who appears to be deaf and freaks when she realizes that we're about a foot away from her.

Now, as of a couple of weeks ago, it seems we have a pair of kittens. Pretty wild, although with work we were just able to pet each of them - enough to find out that we have a male and a female. *sigh* I do love animals, but I wish others did as well - I'm sure these were dropped off. I do not want more kittens roaming around, so we will need to take them to be "fixed". It's been so many years though since we've had a kitten though - can someone remind me of how old they need to be to have this done? I guess I don't know exactly how old they are now... not newborn by any means, but not adolescent either. (and the male has already been in a scrape, so he will probably need antibiotics as well, plus they both look like they need deworming....) How do they know which house has the softy in it?!
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:16 PM
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They say about 6 weeks old, but I feel safer if I wait until 3 months old. :-)
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At least 8 weeks is recommended. You may want to do it before he boy hit puberty and starts spraying to mark his territory.

We had a little problem when our first furbaby started spraying in the apartment. The vet warned us it may be too late that you should do it before they start. We lucked out and he stopped after getting spayed.
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stupid computer-double post
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:20 PM
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Maybe I should ask how soon a kitten can HAVE kittens? I don't want to wait until it's too late... but long enough for it to be healthier for them...
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I found a site that says "two months and two pounds" is a good time to spay/neuter.

Thank you for doing this.
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Sounds like you live in my neighborhood.
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by ptquilts
I found a site that says "two months and two pounds" is a good time to spay/neuter.
That helps - thanks!
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by niizh
Sounds like you live in my neighborhood.
That's sad, isn't it. I mean, not sad that we'd live in the same neighborhood - just sad that it's such a universal problem. :-(
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I have an invisible sign at my house.....it says "stop here they feed good". My 5 dogs and 1 cat have all been dumped. The rule is, If you eat my food you get fixed!
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