What Age Can You Spay A Kitten?

The Humane Society of the United States recommends that kittens can be spayed or neutered at 6 to 8 weeks. If you are unsure, please contact your veterinarian.

What is a “spay/neuter” procedure? How does it work? What happens after surgery?

During the spaying process, which is often referred to as an ovariohysterectomy (shorthand for oophorectomy), reproductive organs are removed from female dogs and cats. A neuter procedure involves removing testicles from male dogs and cats. Both procedures prevent reproduction in pets by permanently altering their hormonal systems so they cannot reproduce naturally. Surgical techniques have improved tremendously over the past several years, with approximately 95 percent of all sterilized animals being done surgically without complications or pain.[1] Cats recover faster than dogs because their abdominal cavity is smaller; typically cat recovery time ranges between 1-3 days while dog recovery times can range up to 7 days depending on age of pet.[2] After surgery, some owners choose to keep pets confined indoors until fully recovered while others choose home confinement where pets may roam freely inside the property but not allowed on furniture or counters.[3] For more information about surgical options visit www.petfindersocietyhopeusa .org/Pet-Sterilization/.