When to Spay or Neuter a Kitten


In the past, the recommended age to spay or neuter kittens was six months. But due in part to concerns about overpopulation, that has begun to change. A female cat can get pregnant as early as four months old, so some veterinarians will spay kittens beginning at seven weeks of age.

And spaying and neutering not only helps prevent overpopulation, it can also help reduce the risk of some reproductive diseases. Additionally, it can help to curb certain problematic behaviors, like aggression and fighting.

Have a conversation about spaying and neutering during your kitten’s first trip to the vet. Together with the doctor, you can decide what the right age is for your kitten.

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