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What age can spay a cat

The best age to spay and neuter a female cat is between 6 months and 6 years of age.

The best age to spay and neuter a male cat is between 3 months and 6 years of age.

What should I do if my veterinarian says my cat is too young to be spayed or neutered?

If your veterinarian tells you that your cat is too young, please take him or her to a veterinarian that does not use these guidelines.

What should I expect after my cat has been spayed or neutered? How will I know if my cat is pregnant?

After your cat has been spayed or neutered you should expect all the signs of a normal vaginal discharge, including a spotting or bleeding period.

You may also notice the following after your cat has been spayed or neutered:

Behavior changes (your cat may run around more, be more affectionate, and may even rub against you)

Weight gain or loss

The tips of your cat's fingers may grow longer

Behavior changes (your cat may run around more, be more affectionate, and may even rub against you) Weight gain or loss The tips of your cat's fingers may grow longer Increased risk for mammary tumors (breast cancer)

Prostate problems

Blood clots in the legs, lungs, or brain

Decreased resistance to infection

Increased risk for mammary tumors (breast cancer) Prostate problems Blood clots in the legs, lungs, or brain Decreased resistance to infection Increased risk for urinary tract infections

Stunted growth

Recurrent pyometra (a uterine infection that can cause infertility)

Estrus (heat) cycling (this is when your cat has sex during her normal reproductive cycle)

If you have any questions or would like more information, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

What if my veterinarian says my cat is too old to be spayed or neutered?

If your veterinarian tells you that your cat is too old to be spayed or neutered, please take him or her to a veterinarian that does not use these guidelines.

What if my veterinarian says my cat should not be spayed or neutered?

If your veterinarian tells you that your cat should not be spayed or neutered, please take him or her to a veterinarian that does not use these guidelines.

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