Originally Posted by Mel
I was just wondering when was a good time to spay my kitten. I remember it not being before they are 6 months but I could be wrong and I knew that I would find out here what the right thing to do was for sure.
Mel and Terry Fox
Hmmm....well...I've noticed that 4-6 seems to be the norm, but...
Having witnessed kittens younger than 4 months begin to reach sexual maturity (many do this before 6 months) and having witnessed a handful of cats in this age bracket get impregnated and attempt to give birth to kittens (usually which ends in the kittens dying, the mother dying, the mother attempting to eat the kittens, the kittens dying of disease or being developmentally unsound), I STRONGLY reccommend a pediatric spay/neuter. Plus, you never, ever have to even chance going through a heat or spraying. Also, letting a cat get old enough to participate in these behaviors can increase the risk of genital/mammery cancers, so...yeah. I'd say spay her right away.
The best time to spay is right after she's reached 2 pounds. Clinical tests have showed no developmental differences in cats who recieved a pediatric spay and cats who received a spay in adolescence. Nor is you cat at any higher risk in the surgery...actually, pediatrics tend to recover faster. Altogether it's safer on all fronts..I strongly suggest you check out the possibility of this.