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New kitten - timing for spaying

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by CatEnthusiast, Sep 27, 2020.


  1. CatEnthusiast

    CatEnthusiast PetForums Newbie

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    Hi!
    I will get a female kitten in 4 weeks. She will be 12 weeks old. I would like to get her spayed while she is still a kitten so she will recover quickly.
    However, I wonder how long should I wait before getting her spayed? I mean how long should I let her to settle in her new home before she gets this (quite invasive) surgery?

    Thanks for your insights!
     
  2. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    At 13 weeks after her second vaccination us ideal in my view but a lot of vets won't operate at that age. Ring round your local-ish vets.
     
  3. CatEnthusiast

    CatEnthusiast PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for your response!
     
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    Beautiful Storm PetForums Member

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    We had our female kitten sprayed a few weeks after she came to us. I think it’s best to get it done as soon as possible, especially in these uncertain times.

    Our vets recommended that you let the kitten settle into its new home for a week before the surgery.
     
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    That's sound right! Thank you!
     
  6. StinWom

    StinWom PetForums Junior

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    Our vet wanted to wait for Zelda to be 6 months but we pushed a bit and she’s being spayed next week, 2 days before turning 5 months old.
     
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    I think you did well! How long did you have to wait to get an appointment for the surgery?
     
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    You may well find there’s a longer wait than usual for routine ops at the moment, due to post lockdown catching up, so I’d get her booked in asap. I always like to take a new kitten to be checked over by the vet when I get them (ok, I like to show them off...) so maybe try to get an appt booked now for a few days after you get her and then you can discuss getting her spayed at the appointment. I’ve tended to have to persuade my vet to neuter a bit earlier than they want to, although mine are boys so not as invasive.
     
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    Around a month I think, we booked it when we took her for her rabbies shot end of August.
     
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    AnaLola PetForums Junior

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    Our kitten got spayed 2 weeks ago, just as she was turning 6 months old. She has recovered incredibly quickly
     
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    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    The wait at one vet won't necessarily be the same as the wait at another. Best way is to ring your vet, and if they insist on waiting until she is 6 months old it's worth ringing round to see what other vets will do. I would also get her used to car journey by gradually building up. If you don't have a secure carrier now is the time to get one, I prefer the wire top loaders to any of the plastic ones.
     
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    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    They do, and they do when 12-13 weeks old as well.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Thank you, that is great advice!
     
  15. spotty cats

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    The problem with waiting for the very old fashioned 6 months is that girls often come into heat before then, get let out and mate, or boys who start spraying.

    It's also healthier to have them done before their first heat cycle.

    Our kittens are all neutered before leaving us, surgery done at 10-12 weeks they recover instantly.
     
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    Our vet didn't want to spay her any time sooner, sadly. We kept her at home at all times.
     
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    Ring round.
     
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