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  • I just adopted a very young kitten. When will she begin to have heat cycles and potentially become pregnant? When should I have my cat spayed?

    Young female cats can first come into heat as young as 5 months of age, but usually don't until between 6 and 9 months. Some may not cycle until one year of age.

    To avoid pregnancy, cancer of the reproductive system, and the potential for infections of the uterus later in life, I recommend having your pet spayed by your local veterinarian before 6 months of age for both inside and outside cats. During a heat cycle, even apparently timid indoor cats may do their best to get outside to reach males. It only takes one outdoor escape for your pet to become pregnant, so keep a close eye on your pet between 5 months of age and when you have her spayed.


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