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Question regarding spaying/neutering

post #1 of 10
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I am adopting a kitten from a shelter and of course they won’t let you take the kitten unless they are spayed or neutered. I will probably adopt a 2 month old kitten.
Isn’t 2 months old too young to be spayed/neutered. I am really worried about this. Don’t they need to be at least 4 months old?
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by lovemycats74 View Post
I am adopting a kitten from a shelter and of course they won’t let you take the kitten unless they are spayed or neutered. I will probably adopt a 2 month old kitten.
Isn’t 2 months old too young to be spayed/neutered. I am really worried about this. Don’t they need to be at least 4 months old?
Many rescues are spaying or neutering when the kitten is 2 pounds, which is approximately 2 months. As long as the kitten is healthy and weighs the 2 pounds, it should recover just fine.

I adopted Oscar when he was 2 months, and he was already neutered. He's just fine.
post #3 of 10
8-10 weeks is a pretty standard desexing age these days, you have no reason to worry.
post #4 of 10
Just wanted to provide another word of reassurance. At shelters around here, neutering at 2 lbs/2 months is standard operating procedure. Your kitten should do just fine!
post #5 of 10
IMO 8 weeks old is really pushing it. I prefer 3 or 4 months old. But can understand why the shelters have to do them sooner - because people won't be responsible to do it when it should be done - then you end up with another pregnant kitten/cat!
post #6 of 10
My shelter does them at 8 weeks. It's not ideal, but it's what we have to do to get them out there and able to be adopted.
post #7 of 10
I rather wait to 3 or 4 months also.
My sphynx had to be 3.1 pounds before she was spayed and she was 3.5 months.
post #8 of 10
I rescued Alley from the street when she was approx. 8-9 wks old and my vet wanted her to have all her shots,etc. before doing the operation.Alley will be close to 5 months old when she gets spayed(8/14/09).I hear that if a kitten is 2 lbs or more in weight they can do the Px without a problem.It`s up to your vet and you I guess.
Peronally,I`m glad I am having it done at the time I am i.e. older and wiser? lol
Good luck whatever you decide!

HosMan
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
IMO 8 weeks old is really pushing it. I prefer 3 or 4 months old. But can understand why the shelters have to do them sooner - because people won't be responsible to do it when it should be done - then you end up with another pregnant kitten/cat!
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I rather wait to 3 or 4 months also.
My sphynx had to be 3.1 pounds before she was spayed and she was 3.5 months.
I believe in the case of breeder cats, they do wait a bit longer. For your average kitty most vets will do it at 2 lbs. They probably recover much more quickly when they are younger as well if they are anything like the human mammal.
post #10 of 10
My vet does not believe in early spay/neuter for several reasons, but from what I've read, it does seem to be more "popular" with shelters, that once the cat reaches 2lbs to have them spayed/neutered.
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