When you get a new kitten, one of the first things you think of is getting them spayed or neutered. After all, you don’t want a cat spraying all over your house because he isn’t neutered, and you don’t want to end up with kittens under your porch anytime soon, or a female cat going crazy with her butt in the air and Tom cats yowling outside your front door because she’s in active heat. So, when is the best time to spay or neuter your kitten?
Did you know that a female cat can be inspired to go into a spontaneous heat just by being near a Tom (un-neutered male cat)? Female cats can also go into heat just 2 days after giving birth! Yikes! So it’s important to spay or neuter your kitten as soon as you can to avoid a lot of potential reproductive problems.
In the olden days before anesthesia, cats were spayed and neutered as adults since adult cats could survive the “fix” better than kittens could. Thanks to modern technology, it is recommended to get your kitten spayed or neutered as young as possible, between 6 and 14 weeks. If you don’t know how old your kitten is, go by weight- as a rule, for every pound your kitten weighs, add a month. I got my kitten spayed when she weighed 2 pounds- she was 2 months old. I learned this trick from my sister, who was a vet assistant for 2 years. It’s how vets tell how old kittens are, as typically kittens arrive at your door as strays with no known history.
The younger you get your cat spayed or neutered, the better off they will be, in both growth (they won’t have those crazy hormones being messed with since they were “fixed” before they started spraying or hit their first heat) and overall recovery. My kitten was acting like she hadn’t even been to the vet in just 1 day, and within 3 days she was bouncing off the walls.
If you are getting the claws out of your kitten as well, it is best to do it during the spay or neutering surgery so the animal only has one surgery to heal from. Most vets offer a discount package for your cat getting fixed and declawed at the same time. It’s what we did with our cat, and by the way she acted when she came home, you’d think she just came home from the catnip factory. Plus, cats are sensitive to anesthesia in general, so the least amount of times they have to go under, the better (according to my cat’s vet).
If you have a kitten, think about getting them spayed or neutered by the time they weigh about the much as your average pair of tennis shoes, or roughly 2 pounds. This will make your kitten about 2 months old, and at the prime age for being spayed or neutered so you can avoid reproductive issues in the future.
my sister (vet assistant)
my cat’s personal vet