Cosmic Spots Ocicats Spay & Neuter Information


  The timing of spaying and neutering for cats is a topic that has generated different opinions within the veterinary and animal welfare communities.


  Humane societies and organizations devoted to preventing pet overpopulation often advocate for early spaying and neutering, which can occur as early as 8 weeks of age. Their primary objective is to reduce the number of unwanted pets. However, many traditional veterinary practices hesitate to perform surgery on very young kittens due to concerns about potential increased risks during surgery and anesthesia.


  The Cat Fanciers Association notes that there isn't sufficient scientific consensus on the most appropriate age for neutering pets. As a result, recommendations regarding the timing of spaying and neutering are typically left somewhat open-ended. Nonetheless, it's widely agreed upon that these procedures should ideally be completed before a cat's first heat cycle, which typically occurs before 6 months of age.


  When you purchase a kitten from us, you enter into a legal agreement stipulating that you will ensure spaying or neutering is performed before the kitten reaches 6 months of age. This commitment serves multiple purposes. Not only does it prevent unwanted pregnancies in cats, but it also plays a significant role in preventing both male and female cats from spraying and marking their territory (which is your home). Unaltered cats, both male and female, are prone to spraying, making them unsuitable to live in your home.


  Ultimately, the decision on when to spay or neuter your cat should be made in consultation with your veterinarian, as they can provide personalized guidance based on your cat's specific needs.