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Feature April 2014 Issue

What is Early Spay/Neuter in Cats?

Cats can come into heat as young as six months old, so your new "kitten" could actually become pregnant a lot sooner than you think.

What is Early Spay/Neuter in Cats?

It helps to curb the serious problem of feline overpopulation — and has some important benefits for your cat’s health and behavior, too.

Chances are you already know the benefits of preventing cats from reproducing: helping to curb overpopulation, improving feline health and reducing or preventing unruly behaviors. But is it safe for a young kitten to be spayed or neutered?

Absolutely — in fact, it’s preferred. “The traditional age was historically six months, but there’s really no reason for that,” says Emily McCobb, DVM, MS, DACVAA, a clinical assistant professor at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary…

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