Spaying and neutering

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Registered: 07-19-2011
Spaying and neutering
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Mon, 09-23-2013 - 9:15pm

<p>I have 2 kittens and they are turning 6 months on October 17th. I currently have them set up to get spayed and neutered on October 31st. I am not having them spayed thru my vet, but a local spay and neuter assistance program. am I risking my female cat going into heat by waiting one week from when she turns 6 months? When speaking with my vet office tonight they made me nervous that I was waiting too long.nbut I don't feel like 1 week will make too much of a difference.&nbsp;</p><p>Any input would be helpful. Thanks!</p>

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-02-1999
Fri, 09-27-2013 - 11:20am

Our local clinic will do kittens as young as 3 months for the public. Strange they are making you wait until 6 months. You might want to point them here: http://fixatfour.com/

Anyhow, if your female starts acting overly friendly and singing and everything, she may be going into heat. Since the vet won't do it before then, you may have to separate them.  Good luck!

 

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Registered: 07-19-2011
Wed, 09-25-2013 - 7:55pm

Thanks for your reply. The kittens are actually brother and sister, that's why I'm a little more nervous about It. The kittens are indoor cats only. I most likely will move up their surgeries to be on safe side.

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Wed, 09-25-2013 - 3:28pm

Welcome to Cats and Kittens.  That's good that you are getting your kittens spayed.  I would hope that one week won't make a difference and your females will come in heat by then. Like the other poster mentioned with the change in daylight hopefully they won't. Just be sure to keep them indoors just in case so they won't get pregnant.  I wonder why they wait until 6 months to do their spays?  I've had them done as young as 3 months old and they did fine. 

Good luck to your little girls with their surgeries.

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Registered: 07-19-2011
Wed, 09-25-2013 - 4:45am

Thank you for your reply. When I called the facility that is performing the surgeries, she said they had to be at least 6 months. I have October 31st off from work and a long weekend so I can be with them poprobably I definitely don't want her going into heat or getting pregnant.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 4:07pm

I've read that female cats can go into heat as young as 4 months, with 6 months being kind of an average age. Because the hours of daylight are now shortening there is a chance that she will go in to heat later rather than sooner but you cannot count on that---my cat went into heat in February, so much for the "seasonal photoperiod affect".

Is there a reason why you're waiting until Oct 31? I would suggest getting her spayed as soon as possible. You have more leeway with the male. If you didn't have the male there, you could just endure her being in heat if it happens sooner than expected....not fun for the humans but not impossible to live through. But with 2 unneutered cats of opposite genders you could get the worst of both worlds. This is all assuming that these are indoor-only cats. If they go outside then you might not even know that she's in heat because she could get impregnated (and thus end the heat) before she shows the typical signs while indoors.

They typically charge an additional fee if a pet is pregnant at the time of spaying.