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When is the Earliest Your Vet Spay/Neuters?

post #1 of 19
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My vet will not spay neuter girls until they're 6 months, and boys 8 months. Is it normal for vets to wait so insanely long to desex animals? By the time those dates roll about, the person will most likely have a houseful of kittens and a tomcat urine smell that won't quit. When is the earliest your vet spay/neuters?
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042
My vet will not spay neuter girls until they're 6 months, and boys 8 months. Is it normal for vets to wait so insanely long to desex animals? By the time those dates roll about, the person will most likely have a houseful of kittens and a tomcat urine smell that won't quit. When is the earliest your vet spay/neuters?
at 8 months for boys? That's too late, they might start spraying. My vet wanted to wait at 6 months for boys.
post #3 of 19
Our vet does spays/neuters as soon as the kittens are eating reliably on their own, as long as they are healthy.
This is not something just any vet can/will do, but this is routine procedure for our vet.


The vet I had in Seattle does the surgeries at 4 months, regardless of gender.
post #4 of 19
Yeah, 6-8 months is too long to wait. Shop around a bit and find a vet who will do it at 4 months at the latest.

Just as an aside, I took a challenge once and in a matter of six phone calls, located a vet's office that was only 45 minutes away from me that would S/N as early as two months old if the kitten was (a) at least 2 lbs and (b) appeared to be of normal development. It was a case-by-case evaluation but I was told they definitely supported early S/N'ing.

Why wait? All of the false concerns have been debunked -- it doesn't in any way hurt the individual cats, and in general greatly helps control the pet population by avoiding so many unwanted and thrown away kittens.
post #5 of 19
In the UK we only spay when their 6 months old unless it's really necessary which is if the cats turns nasty, but it does have to be bad for them to do it earlier, and they have to weigh at least 2lb.
post #6 of 19
My vet fixed Finnegan when he was 6 months old, but she wouldn't do it before then.
post #7 of 19
Gandalf was four months old i guess. I picked him up at 8 wks and by the time he was done with all the kitten shots he had also been neutered. It was nice to not have to worry about it later on. Samwise was done a few weeks after I got him but he was a stray so I'm not sure just how old he was. My vet estimated him at about three months old or so.
post #8 of 19
I tried to get Elle spayed this week but my vet told me I should wait until 6 months, I guess they could do it at 5 months but Elle is really small, (4.1lbs) and they think it's best to wait a month!

I think she may already be experienceing "heat like" symptoms though, she's got a good set of vocal chords on her and she's constantly meows. I know siamese are vocal, but this is beyond vocal!
post #9 of 19
7 months at mine, none of the vets around here and frankfurt do it before 6 months.
Teufel is going to be 9 months this week and he still hasnt gone but he definetely will when i come back, i am dreading it to extend it all the time
post #10 of 19
8 weeks for the girls and when the nuggets drop for the boys. I can't remember how long that took for Buzz.
post #11 of 19
I don't know if my vet will spay/neuter before the age of 6 months old. When I had my kitten in for her initial shots, it was suggested that I make an appointment when my kitten turned 6 months. My sister's vet will do it at 4 months of age.
post #12 of 19
5 months for boys....6 months for girls.

However, the rescue I volunteer with has kittens fixed at 10 weeks and the feral cat spay/neuter clinic fixes them at 2 lbs.

Katie
post #13 of 19
2 pounds or about 8 weeks old here. All rescue cats are neutered before adoption, and if you wait until they are 6 months old, you will never adopt them.

I used to wait until about 6 months until I took the time to research early spay/neuter programs. Now I have absolutely no issues with getting them done at 8 weeks. They seem to recover a lot quicker than older kittens.
post #14 of 19
When I adopted my twins at 8 weeks they had these little teeny incisions, no bigger than an eighth of an inch with a dissolving stich in them.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
2 pounds or about 8 weeks old here. All rescue cats are neutered before adoption, and if you wait until they are 6 months old, you will never adopt them.

I used to wait until about 6 months until I took the time to research early spay/neuter programs. Now I have absolutely no issues with getting them done at 8 weeks. They seem to recover a lot quicker than older kittens.
You have any sites for me to look at.. My vet in nebraska wouldnt befoere six months not sure here havent had to do it
post #16 of 19
My kitten, Chloe, was a feral rescue. The group's vet spayed her at about 8 or 9 weeks. The kittens had to be at least 2 lbs.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by sharky
You have any sites for me to look at.. My vet in nebraska wouldnt befoere six months not sure here havent had to do it
I found a good debate in the Best Friends Forum. You will need to do a search with the Health section: http://bestfriends.org/theanimals/forums/

Here are some other articles. If you do a google search on "Early spay and neuter" you will see a long list of sites:

http://www.rallyobedience.com/early.htm

http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/repo...ly-neuter.html

http://www.danesonline.com/earlyspayneuter.htm

The articles generally state that in the studies done, there is virtually no difference between neutering at 7 weeks or 7 months, and the differences start if you alter after 12 months (those cats are less affectionate and less prone to being overweight).
post #18 of 19
My vet wont do before 6 months (sweden) - I was annoyed because Dax was already in heat and driving us beserk. When we took her in 6months and 1 week he was still grilling me about how old was she!! I had to show him her vaccination records to prove she was more than 6 months.
post #19 of 19
Four pounds here- basically four months old for females at least. I've never had male cat, so I have no idea how old they have to be. Animal Control will spay at two months, as my first cat came already spayed when I adopted her. Isabelle was four months old and did great, Annabelle was 6 months and actually went into heat the day she was supposed to be spayed (she was a stray), but was spayed a week later, Abigail was two months old. All three did great regardless of age. I wish I had found Annabelle earlier so I could have spayed her earlier. Waiting six months is too much of a risk I think.
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