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What age should you get your cat neutered

The American Association of Feline Practitioners published this set of guidelines for neutering male and female cats.

Male cats:

Under 2 years of age

Over 2 years of age if neutered before their first heat cycle

Female cats:

Why should I have my cat neutered?

An intact cat (neutered male or female) is at much greater risk of developing urinary tract disease and/or cancer of the reproductive tract. A neutered male can develop testicular cancer and a neutered female can develop mammary cancer. Both cancer types are highly treatable, but the risk of developing cancer is much less after neutering.

If you have a cat that you would like to have neutered, please contact your veterinarian.

How much does it cost to neuter a cat?

The cost of neutering varies depending on the age of the cat, the procedure performed and the location of the facility.

Some veterinarians charge by the procedure and some charge by the hour.

To find out how much it will cost, please contact your veterinarian.

What are the risks of neutering a cat?

The risks associated with neutering include

Injury to the penis or scrotum

Sutures or stitches

Reaction to anesthesia

Urinary tract infection

Pain and inflammation after surgery

Pain and swelling in the abdomen

Damage to the testes or penis

What are the benefits of neutering a cat?

The benefits associated with neutering a cat include

Decreased risk of testicular or ovarian cancer

Decreased risk of mammary cancer in females

Decreased risk of hemangiosarcoma (a blood cancer)

Decreased risk of pyometra (an infection of the uterus)

Decreased risk of urinary tract infection

Decreased risk of testicular cancer

Decreased risk of prostate disease

Decreased risk of diabetes in cats

Decreased risk of immunosuppression

Decreased risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in cats

Decreased risk of obesity

Decreased risk of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)

How much will having my cat neutered cost?

To find out what it will cost, please contact your veterinarian.

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