When should you get your cat fixed? Every pet is unique and your vet can advise on when to spay or spay your cat. However, we typically recommend spaying or spaying kittens around five to six months of age. Adult cats can also be spayed or neutered
The optimal age to spay/neuter a cat is before it is 5 months old. For cats of your own, the optimal age would be 4 to 5 months; For cats in shelters, the optimal age might be as early as 8 weeks.
In fact, early neutering delays the closure of the bone growth plates, resulting in a slightly larger cat. Early neutered kittens have a narrowed urethra that makes them prone to urinary blockage. This has not been confirmed either. Urethral dimensions in male cats do not vary with age at neutering.
Most shelter veterinarians agree that pets can be spayed at 6 to 8 weeks of age or when the kitten reaches 2 pounds. Most vets will not attempt to spay a kitten under 2 pounds. In a new campaign to promote neutering, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary advocates that kittens be neutered at 12 weeks.
A cat’s temperament, training and personality are the result of genetics and upbringing and are generally unaffected by the presence or absence of male hormones. Neutering is unlikely to calm down an overactive cat or reduce aggression toward humans.
Kittens can be safely spayed or spayed at 2 months of age or as soon as they weigh 2 pounds. Also known as pediatric spaying and neutering, this policy ensures kittens are “fixed” as soon as they are ready, which benefits cats and the communities they live in.
As with neutering, neutering can also be done at an inexpensive clinic or animal shelter and usually costs less, around $30-50. Keep in mind that there may be other costs associated with these procedures, from the cost of upfront vaccinations to preoperative blood tests to ensure your cat is in optimal health.
Most cats should wear their cone 5-7 days after spaying to avoid licking the incision. Most testicle cuts heal very quickly. If an abdominal incision was required to remove residual testicles, the cone should remain in place for 10-14 days or until your cat is re-examined to assess healing.