Responsible pet owners know the importance of getting their cats spayed or neutered. First and foremost, the growing cat population is a serious problem, and shelters are crowded as it is. It only takes one escape for your cat to get pregnant. And, usually, that is exactly what happens – when female cats are in heat, they nearly break through the windows to try and get outside and find a tom cat.
The overpopulation of our feline friends is just one important reason to get your cat spayed or neutered. Once a cat is matured, and begins experiencing hormonal changes, they may become more aggressive, impossible to keep in the house, or even begin urinating all over your house.
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So, when should you get your cat spayed or neutered? Technically, a skilled veterinarian can do the procedure at any time. Most shelters spay or neuter kittens before they even reach the 2-month mark, to ensure that they are fixed when they are placed with a new family. Also, there really is no age limit, any full-sized cat can be spayed or neutered, however, it is recommended that you do the procedure when they are younger.
Veterinarians recommend getting your cat spayed or neutered around 4 months old. After 4 months old is when they will begin acting out in accordance with their hormones, depending on whether your pet is a male or female.
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Also, when you are ready to schedule the procedure, keep in mind that there may be a waiting list or you could have a tough time finding an available vet – so you will always want to start making the plans ahead of time, just in case you can’t get an appointment for another month!