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What age to get cat spayed

A cat spayed or neutered at a young age has significantly lower chances of developing behavior problems or going into heat. If you have concerns about your cat’s health or behavior, consult a veterinarian.

What about my pet?

Don’t forget about your cat! Felines are a lot like kids—they need to play, be groomed, and be loved on regularly. They like to go outside and be admired by their humans, and they need to get lots of exercise. Cats can become stressed out and under-stimulated when they’re confined too much, so make sure to give them plenty of time outdoors and in your company.

What do I do with my pet after I’ve had her/him fixed?

Keep your pet indoors for at least a month to avoid any stray cats, or your male cat may start spraying. If you live in a community, consider keeping your pet indoors for the first year after surgery, to avoid any conflicts with other pets.

If you live in an apartment building, it may be best to keep your cat indoors for several months after surgery. There are many other options for keeping cats indoors.

How much does a cat spay/neuter cost?

The cost of a spay/neuter surgery varies depending on your location, the veterinarian you use, and what type of anesthesia your pet receives. The average cost is $150.

Are there any other options for pet owners who can’t afford the full cost of a spay/neuter session?

Many veterinary clinics and animal shelters offer low-cost spay/neuter services to pet owners who are in financial need. For example, the San Francisco SPCA’s Low Cost Sterilization Program provides spay/neuter services to medically-needy pet owners.

How do I know if I need to spay or neuter my pet?

If you have a female cat, she’s ready to have kittens once she reaches four years of age, or every six months until that point.

If you have a male cat, he’s ready to have kittens when he’s one year old, or every six months until that point.

If you have a pet who is not spayed or neutered, you should get him/her fixed immediately. Many veterinarians offer free spay/neuter services to pet owners who are in need.

How do I find a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in my area?

Check local newspapers, and also ask your veterinarian if they offer a low-cost spay/neuter program. Also, consult this list of low-cost spay/neuter clinics.

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