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What age can you spay and neuter cats

It is best to spay and neuter cats at about 6 to 8 weeks of age.

Q: What is the difference between the spay and neuter surgeries?

The spay surgery is the removal of the ovaries and uterus (essentially the entire reproductive tract). A neuter surgery is the removal of the testicles.

Q: Can I spay/neuter my cat before she has her first heat cycle?

Yes. It is best to spay and neuter cats before the first heat cycle.

Q: How do I know if my cat is spayed or neutered?

The skin around the vulva will be thin and the scrotal sac will be very small.

Q: What are the benefits of spaying and neutering?

Spaying a female cat reduces the risk of urinary tract disease, pyometra, mammary tumors, uterine infections, and ovarian cysts.

Spaying a male cat reduces the risk of testicular cancer, testicular abscesses, and epididymitis.

Q: Is it safe to leave my cat in heat?

It is safest to leave cats in heat for a few days and then spay/neuter. This will allow the ovaries to do their job, and the cat will be less likely to be in heat again.

Q: What is the difference between female and male cats?

Female cats have two vaginas and two uteri, and are referred to as "in heat". Male cats have one vagina and one uterus, and are referred to as "out of heat".

Q: Why should I spay/neuter my male cat?

Male cats are more likely to develop testicular cancer and to fight with other male cats.

Q: What do I do if my cat has a heat cycle?

It is best to spay and neuter cats before their first heat cycle.

Q: Why should I spay my cat?

Spaying a female cat reduces the risk of urinary tract disease, pyometra, mammary tumors, uterine infections, and ovarian cysts. Spaying a male cat reduces the risk of testicular cancer, testicular abscesses, and epididymitis.

Q: Why should I neuter my cat?

Q: Why should I not neuter my cat?

Many veterinarians do not neuter male cats because it is not medically necessary.

Q: What is the difference between spay and neuter?

Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus (essentially the entire reproductive tract). Neutering is the removal of the testicles.

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Neutering—removing the testicles of your male dog or cat—will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home. 1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Read more

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A cat can be spayed at any age. The risks involved with surgery grow as an animal ages, and 6 years old is about the age to exercise more caution. That simply means that it is best when they are 6 years or older to make sure they have pre-surgery bloodwork done to check their organ functions and check for parasires and infections since they can slow recovery. Read more

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