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What age do cats get fixed

The age at which your pet is fixed depends on the type of cat you have. Some cats are fixed at a very young age, while others are not fixed until they are older.

The type of cat you have can also affect when you need to have your cat fixed. For example, a cat who is fixed at a very young age is less likely to be bred again.

Genetic testing takes place before a cat is fixed, and this testing will provide the best information on the age at which your cat should be fixed.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the surgery varies from clinic to clinic, and from country to country. To give you an example, the cost of a spay/neuter surgery in Australia is approximately AU$40 (US$28.69).

This price does not include the cost of the anaesthetic or any other examination or treatment that may be required to minimise the risk of your cat being re-spayed or neutered.

What are the risks?

All surgery carries a small risk of complications, but complications are rare. Some of the complications that can happen include:

bleeding and pain after the procedure

abdominal swelling

wound infection

injury to the penis or testicles

numbness or pain in the scrotum

If your cat has any signs that she is unwell, contact your veterinarian straight away.

Is it a good idea for cats to be fixed?

The benefits of having your cat fixed include:

a healthier, longer life

inhibiting unwanted breeding

reducing the risk of your cat being stolen

helping to reduce the amount of unplanned litters

reducing the number of cats entering shelters (which is a large expense to the community)

spaying or neutering your cat at an early age has the advantage of reducing the likelihood of the cat being re-homed.

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