How soon should a cat be spayed or neutered?

United States
June 12, 2007 10:09am CST
With the first cat, we waited almost an entire year before we had him fixed at the vet. We didn't really have a choice. He had become too wild and had started spraying our apartment. The trip to the vet calmed him down. And, later we were able to add a female cat to the household. We're thinking about adding a third kitten soon, and I'd like to get some basic facts on when I should take her to the vet for the procedure so she doesn't have babies. So how soon should a cat owner get their cat spayed or neutered? Can kittens be fixed?
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
12 Jun 07
It really should be done when the cat is 6 months old. That when both of my mom's cats were fixed. She has one male and one female cat. Having it done at 6 months will allow the cat to mature fully, but prevent the males from getting wild and spraying and prevent the females from going into heat. ~Kythe42 http://lemurianphoenix.blogspot.com
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Well all that might be true. All I know is that both of my mom's cats were fixed 6 months and there weren't any problems with either cat.
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@horsesrule (1960)
• United States
12 Jun 07
At one time, a vet told me to wait until our cat was at least 6 months old before we had them fixed so we did. I had all four of my cats fixed. Sadly, they have all gone to cat heaven now. We are thinking of getting a new kitten soon also.
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@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
12 Jun 07
The sooner you get your cats fixed, the better. We usually get ours fixed around 6 months old. By then things are big enough on the male cats for the vet to get to them. With the females, they're big enough to do the spaying surgery on, but we haven't had the hassle of them coming into heat yet. I read that 87% of male cats will quit spraying once they're fixed. If you wait too long to fix a male and he's already spraying, you run the risk of him continuing to spray out of habit or for other reasons. It's been our experience the females start coming in to heat around 9-10 months of age and the male cats start maturing around that age too. Better to get them fixed before any of those changes start. You'll have a much calmer, happier cat.
• United States
12 Jun 07
The next door neighbors that gave us our female cat, said she was around three weeks old. But, I think they lied. She came into heat, just shortly after we got her, within three months or so. So, she must have been signifigantly older than they told us. Interesting. I'm glad we got our male cat fixed before that happened. Better safe than sorry. Thanks for the advice. I'll know better next time.
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• United States
12 Jun 07
Three weeks old? That would be way too young to take a kitten from the momma. Sounds like she may have been more like 3 months old when you got her??? You're welcome - glad to help. :)
• United States
13 Jun 07
That's what I've been thinking lately. Because she was always a very petite cat, even after she "grew up". They fudged the truth. We've had her for seven years, and just last year she finally put on her adult weight. Before then she still looked like a one year old cat. Must be the type of cat. Our other male cat is as big as a dog. A small dog! But, he's a pit bull in cat's clothing. Woof!
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@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I don't know about girl cats but I do know that with boys you have to wait till there testes have dropped which is around 6 months old. We had our older cat fixed about 2 months ago and next month it is time for the younger boy to go. He should have gone with the older one but it is so expensive we had to wait. He now has to go cause he is getting rude with peeing wherever he feels like it.
• Canada
13 Jun 07
The vet told me that you can take them in as soon as the first time they go into heat and if you are not sure if your kitten has been in heat yet then at six months for sure . I have two cats that are a year old and they are both indoor cats and are both females , I had no intentions of getting them fixed as they are both indoor cats and never go outside but then one of my cats quit eating and starting losing her fur and getting crazy and attacking people for no reason . When I took her in we were told that she had a syst from never mating and would have to be on medication forever or we would have to get her fixed as she was in a lot of pain . It shows that even if we don't get them fixed because we are worried about getting kittens that we should consider getting them fixed anyway . I am just adding this as I had never heard of this before and am still stunned that this was what was wrong with her . Best of luck !!
@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
13 Jun 07
The earlier that you can get a cat spade or neutered is six months of age u cant get it done any sooner the vets wont do it but that is usually plenty early to avoid you cat having kittens as they usually dont go into their first heats til their at least 8 months of age.
• Canada
12 Jun 07
Spaying/neutering isn't done before 6 months of age. So, if you were to get a kitten, you should make sure that the other cats have all been fixed. They say a female cat isn't usually mature enough to have babies before 6 months of age, but my cat is testament to the opposite. She had been kicked out onto the streets when she was just a kitten, and when shelter staff finally caught up with her, she had a litter of kittens with her. When she was examined by the shelter vet, he was astounded and said that she was no more than 4 months old. Her kittens were adopted right away, and she was spayed at 6 months old, a month before we spotted her in Shelter. 6 months seems to be the benchmark between a cat becoming mature enough to produce kittens and the best time to have them spayed.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I think the rule was 6 mos for kittens, but that was a long time ago and maybe things have changed?! If we ever got a kitten it would be indoor only so I wouldnt be too concerned but would still do it at 6 mos, I just wouldnt want to do it before that because they are so little ..JMO! :)
• United States
12 Jun 07
All, I know is that you definitely want to do it before they go into full heat. She was probably about 6months old maybe a little older before she started to go into heat. But, I noticed right away and we got her to the vet the next day for the surgery.
@cabergren (1182)
• United States
12 Jun 07
They have started fixing cats earlier and earlier. I believe if they weigh a certain amount they can be fixed. I have a Tortie and she was fixed at about 2 months old. And she is just fine. I believe that cats should be fixed. There are just so many unwanted cats. The shelters are just filled with them. So definitely get your cats fixed.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
12 Jun 07
Most vets wont touch them until they are at least 6 months old. Thats about the ideal time to get them done.