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post #1 of 25
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I adopted brother and sister kittens, they are both 4 months old, the sister is a runt, she is half the size of the other kittens.
I want to have them spayed/neutered one at a time, starting with the boy. I am using the humane society, they have a low-cost program. It will probably be a couple months before the boy is done because they have to administer the complete series of vaccines before they will do it.
So anyway, I'm just wondering at what age females can start reproducing. I am hoping she will be done before she is sexually mature.
post #2 of 25
There's a risk she could get pregnant fairly soon - many females seem to have their first heat as young as 4 or 5 months old these days. Be aware, if you're getting the male done first, that they still carry active sperm for a few weeks after and can still get a female pregnant - so if at all possible, get the female done first, it saves you having to keep them separate!
post #3 of 25
Can you spay her first... as the male can have strays up to a month after ... that way you know your safe
post #4 of 25
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Yes! I'm glad I posted about this, I definately don't want her getting pregnant and especially not by her brother kitten. I will put in her application for the spay right away and have them both done at the same time! It will still be a couple of months probably because of the whole vaccine series thing, so I hope everything will be okay.
post #5 of 25
The vaccine series should only take three weeks. I'm assuming you're referring to rabies and distemper (usually required) - which can be administered at the same time - and then the distemper again in three weeks.

Laurie
post #6 of 25
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Yes, but the whole series has to be complete before they will do the surgeries. So they have to give the first set, wait 3-4 weeks, then do the 2nd set and wait another 3-4 weeks, then do the third set and wait another 2-3 weeks and then they will do the surgery.

ETA: its not like when you have it done at the vets. The humane society is a lot more strict about it. And from the time I turn in the application its at least a 2 week wait until they give the first set of vaccines :/
post #7 of 25
3 sets!?! That's ridiculous.....they have immunity a week after the 2nd distemper shot. She could be pregnant by then.
post #8 of 25
So strange - never heard of the third set.

If you want to search for other low-cost spay/neuter services that may be available to you, try these links:

Type your zipcode into upper left-hand corner: http://www.pets911.com/services/spay.../locations.php

http://www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html#states
http://www.angelfire.com/md2/mdpetrescu/Washington.html

Laurie
post #9 of 25
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thanks, im looking into other options )
post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 
I just learned that male cats dont mature sexually until somewhere between 9 and 12 months of age. So I feel a lot better now, it doesn't seem like she is at risk of getting pregnant before we get in them in to be fixed
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by jaycee View Post
I just learned that male cats dont mature sexually until somewhere between 9 and 12 months of age. So I feel a lot better now, it doesn't seem like she is at risk of getting pregnant before we get in them in to be fixed
I think that males are mature by 6 months...
maybe younger.
post #12 of 25
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hmm, i checked a few online sites and they all said females usually mature at 6 months, sometimes as early as 5. And males mature between 9 and 12.
post #13 of 25
Trust me, they can get each other pregnant at 4 months. I've seen kittens, who we know the DOB, get each other pregnant at 4 months.
post #14 of 25
I would trust the lower numbers....
better safe than sorry.

Thank you for taking this important issue of spaying and neutering seriously.
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well, either way, I'm going to have them both done as soon as I possibly can anyway. I just felt a little less worried after reading those sites.

I found out that they have a thing going on at Petco on Sunday, a person that does spay/neuters is going to be there handing out spay/neuter vouchers for a local vet. And there isnt all the waiting. Hopefully I can get that and then we won't have to worry about anything
post #16 of 25
You are doing a really good thing for your sweeties...

Keep us updated so we can send vibes for a quick healing on their surgery day.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by jaycee View Post
hmm, i checked a few online sites and they all said females usually mature at 6 months, sometimes as early as 5. And males mature between 9 and 12.
I know a few breeders who've had girls mated by 5-6 month old boys.

Many girls call before 6 months too, when it comes to spaying and neutering the sooner the better IMO.
post #18 of 25
Kandie went into her first and only heat at 14 weeks

Zoey was a four month and preggers girl
post #19 of 25
Please have them spayed once they reach 2lbs in weight do not wait any longer than you have to. It is perfectly safe to do a spay/neuter on them once they are 2lbs At the shelter where i work as a vet tech, we do spays/neuters on the young ones all the time if they are healthy they normally never have any issues and bounce back pretty quickly!

At their age they are old enough for Felv/FIV Bordatella and Kitten Rabies They should be vaccinated for everything and dewormed as well. They will need two more sets of boosters- but that can be given several weeks in conjunction with the first round so you could give them the first round and have them altared then go back a few weeks later for the second round and then longer again for the third. Do NOT wait until your female is six months of age to have her spayed- it's not uncommon for them to get pregnant before that age so it's not fool proof- your best bet is to have all your kitties altared once they are at 2lbs
post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
Don't worry. I get the feeling you didn't actually read my posts :/

Quote:
Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Please have them spayed once they reach 2lbs in weight do not wait any longer than you have to. It is perfectly safe to do a spay/neuter on them once they are 2lbs At the shelter where i work as a vet tech, we do spays/neuters on the young ones all the time if they are healthy they normally never have any issues and bounce back pretty quickly!

At their age they are old enough for Felv/FIV Bordatella and Kitten Rabies They should be vaccinated for everything and dewormed as well. They will need two more sets of boosters- but that can be given several weeks in conjunction with the first round so you could give them the first round and have them altared then go back a few weeks later for the second round and then longer again for the third. Do NOT wait until your female is six months of age to have her spayed- it's not uncommon for them to get pregnant before that age so it's not fool proof- your best bet is to have all your kitties altared once they are at 2lbs
post #21 of 25
So do you know how that thing on sunday works?? I mean, is it a low cost place or anything cool like that??

I wouldn't take it too personal on what some people say, they are concerned for the welfare of all cats! There is millions of them put to sleep every year because there are no homes for them! So they're just trying to prevent another helpless animal from having to be put down!
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by glitch View Post
So do you know how that thing on sunday works?? I mean, is it a low cost place or anything cool like that??

I wouldn't take it too personal on what some people say, they are concerned for the welfare of all cats! There is millions of them put to sleep every year because there are no homes for them! So they're just trying to prevent another helpless animal from having to be put down!
I know, but I think I've made it blantantly clear that I'm going to have them both fixed as soon as humanly possible.....so.....I just didn't get that.

Anyway, yeah, they do it for free or some kind of donation. They give you a voucher that you take to a certain vet (a vet I've used before and know is good so thats a bonus) and that takes the voucher as payment. I don't know how much I will have to pay for the voucher but only one way to find out and thats to show up and apply Once I have the voucher all I have to do is call and make the appt so they will probably be fixed within a couple weeks.
post #23 of 25
Oh thats wonderfull!! Its nice to find something that is relativly cheap like that! I got my boys neutered today and it cost over $200! (there was two of them) But one of them had to have his ringworm scraped too, so that cost an additional 40 bucks!! I wish I could have found something like that here! Its so expencive and with 3 kids its almost un-affordable!! I was lucky I had just gotten my taxes back so I could fix mine! I paid all the bills for this month and next month, paid the rent until july and then fixed my boys and now its all gone! Im broke all over again!
post #24 of 25
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Well, I went to the Petco thing and stood in line for a while only to find out that I had been misinformed by the employees I had spoken to. It was for vaccines, not spay/neuter. So now I'm back to using the humane society. But I got good news today. The person who actually runs the spay/neuter thing there called me to make an appt for the first vaccine and he said that Jasper only needs to have the first vaccine and then can have the surgery two weeks after that. That is sooo much better than what I was being told before!
post #25 of 25
does a little happy dance ... and a big to the petco guy who didnt know vaxs only)
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