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When should I have my kitten spayed/neutered?

When should I have my kitten spayed/neutered?

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When should I have my kitten spayed/neutered?

Getting a new kitten comes with a lot of responsibility early on. Most veterinarians recommend that you have your female kitten spayed or male kitten neutered by six-months old.

Aside from eliminating the possibility of reproduction, there are behavioral upsides, too. For example — neutered male kittens tend to roam less, which prevents them from getting lost, injured, or getting into territorial fights with other cats. Let’s take a look at some of the other benefits.

Benefits of Spaying a Female Kitten

It’s particularly helpful to have the procedure done on a female kitten before her first heat cycle. Having your kitten fixed can help prevent a lot of future health issues, including:
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Cancer of the reproductive system
  • Prevents an infected uterus
  • Reduces chance for breast cancer

Benefits of Neutering a Male Kitten

There are several preventive health benefits to neutering a male kitten, like the prevention of testicular cancer later in life. However, there are also several behavioral reasons to have the feline fixed, including:
  • Greatly breaks the need to spray or mark with urine
  • The male kitten will no longer be agitated by females
  • Cats will roam less

Spaying and Neutering with Optimum Wellness Plans

The Early Care Plus Wellness Plan for kittens is a great option for new kitten owners, as it includes a spay or neuter surgery in addition to other preventive care necessities like vaccinations, physical exams and more. 

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If you have additional questions regarding spay or neuter surgery for your kitten, you can always contact your local Banfield Vet Hospital to discuss your options.

Take a closer look at the details of spaying and neutering with these articles: