At what age can I have my cat spayed or neutered?
Feline overpopulation is a problem, so many cat owners who do not plan to breed their pets want to know how soon they can have a kitten spayed or neutered.
The traditional age to spay or neuter a young cat has been six months, but cats grow up fast. In fact, a female cat can get pregnant as early as four months of age. So if you want to spay or neuter your pet before it’s old enough to reproduce, talk to your veterinarian early on. Some veterinarians will spay a kitten as young as seven weeks.
The procedure not only prevents unwanted pregnancies - it can help reduce a cat’s risk of reproductive diseases and may help eliminate undesirable behavior such as fighting.
- Dr. Larry McDaniel, DVM for the “Purina® Animal Instincts” Podcast Series