The best time to spay puppy or kitten is before they reach puberty. Typically this is around 6 months but some veterinarians will do these surgeries on puppies or kittens when they reach 2 lbs if they’re in animal shelters, rescue organizations or if they’re feral or community cats.
Best Time To Spay Puppy Or Kitten
The ideal time to spay your puppy or kitten is before their first heat cycle.
We suggest you get your kitty fixed so you can prevent an ‘OOPS’ litter. Here’s a not-so-fun fact from Fayette Humane Society:
An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year. During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.
Neuter Before Puberty
Neutering your male puppy or kitten before puberty will:
- Reduce testicular and prostate cancer in both cats and dogs
- Reduces mammary cancers and tumors developing in both cats and dogs
- Reduce the desire to jump your fence, run outside to mate or hump your leg
- Reduce the spraying or marking behavior (leading factor in people giving their pets away)
- Helps your dog or cat be better house pets by lowering their testosterone levels
Can Older Dogs and Cats Be Spayed or Neutered?
Generally they can if they’re healthy. Always consult a reputable veterinarian and have the dog or cat evaluated before performing this surgery. As stated before, the best time to spay puppy or kitten is before they reach middle age but vets will spay and neuter older pets. However, if you’re doing the surgery because your dog or cat is peeing everywhere and you’ve been told that getting him fixed may help, don’t bet on it.
If your dog or cat has developed spraying or marking behaviors already, spaying and neutering might not curb his or her urge to pee in the house. That behavior or habit is set in but can be helped and modified with proper training. If you’re in the Muncie, Anderson or New Castle area and would like help from a professional dog trainer, contact Bonnie Krupa at Advanced Canine Techniques or Muncie Obedience Training Club.
When Should You NOT Spay or Neuter Before Puberty
People who will show their dogs or cats in a professional manner, like at the Westminster Kennel Club, American Cat Fanciers Association or other professional show circuits might not want to spay or neuter when their pet is younger. There’s a big debate on this topic and I’m not going to discuss it here but if that interests you, do your research. There’s lots on the internet!
Military Working Dogs and Police Canines
These high-energy dogs have specific regiments and training for their jobs. Spaying and neutering at a young age isn’t routinely performed. Not saying it isn’t done but when it is, it usually doesn’t happen until the dog is over 2 years old. Here’s an article that discusses the 9 biggest myths about military working dogs.
If you’re still wondering when the best time is to spay puppy or kitten, err on the side of youth…getting them fixed when they’re young helps them bounce back after surgery, helps them NOT start peeing in the house, reduces unwanted litters and helps pets become adopted much more quicker.
If you’re looking for a local veterinarian, send us a message, we can refer you to some awesome vets!
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