At What Age Should A Cat Be Neutered

At What Age Should A Cat Be Neutered


The decision about whether to neuter your cat is one that should be made carefully. Neutering involves removing the reproductive organs of a cat so that they can no longer reproduce. Castration refers specifically to when the testicles are removed from a male cat, while spaying refers to when the uterus and ovaries are removed from female cats. (Note: The term ‘fixing’ can cause confusion as it’s used interchangeably to refer to both castration and spaying.) The process usually happens under general anaesthetic, so it is considered a minor operation.

Neutering your cat can help prevent many unwanted health problems in the future.

Neutering your cat can help prevent many unwanted health problems in the future.

  • Reduces risk of certain cancers. Male cats who have been neutered are at a much lower risk for developing testicular cancer and it also reduces their chances of developing prostate cancer later in life.
  • Reduces risk of painful conditions. Neutered males are less likely to develop urinary problems like blockages, which may require surgery to correct them if left untreated; and the risk of cystitis (a common form of bladder infection) is reduced in both sexes after neutering surgery is performed at an early age or before puberty begins.*

The age at which you neuter (castrate or spay) your cat depends on a number of things.

The age at which you neuter (castrate or spay) your cat depends on a number of things. The most important factors are whether the cat is healthy and has fully developed reproductive organs, the ability of the cat to recover from surgery, their breed, how often they go outside, whether they are an indoor or outdoor cat and whether they are male or female.

For example:

  • An older cat that is not healthy may not be able to recover well from neutering surgery and could become unwell after surgery.
  • Neutering a very young kitten can cause them to grow too fast as their growth plates close prematurely if over-hormonalised by being neutered too young.
  • In some breeds such as Persian cats it is recommended that males do not have their first litter until they reach full maturity (at around 5 years old).

What is neutering?

Neutering is the term used to describe the surgical removal of a cat’s reproductive organs. It is also called castration and can be done on male cats or both male and female cats. When this surgery is performed on a female, it’s called spaying.

Neutering has many benefits for your cat, including:

  • It can reduce aggressive behavior in cats who are prone to fighting with other cats
  • It can reduce litter box odor
  • And it can prevent unwanted litters of kittens (and therefore reduce overpopulation)

Benefits of neutering your cat

Neutering your cat can be a great way to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and mammary tumours. In addition to these benefits it also reduces the risk of urinary tract infections in male cats.

The benefits of neutering are well documented and far-reaching. The only drawback is the cost if you have a pedigree cat that may be entered into competitions.

Neutering reduces the risk of certain kinds of cancer as well as several painful conditions.

There are several reasons why it is important to neuter your cat at the appropriate age.

  • Testicular cancer: A male cat has a small testicle on each side of his body, and if left intact, they can become cancerous as he ages. Neutering before puberty greatly reduces this risk by eliminating the production of testosterone which stimulates growth in those glands. The earlier you neuter your cat, the lower their chances will be for developing this type of cancer later in life.
  • Prostate cancer: Testosterone causes enlargement of this gland in males as well as increased production of prostate fluid which can lead to infection and inflammation (prostatitis). This inflammation can cause pain or even blockage that could require surgery if not treated quickly enough; neutering will reduce these risks significantly by reducing levels of testosterone produced within their bodies so there isn’t such an excess amount being made available for growths like cancers or cysts on top off everything else!

Neutering reduces inappropriate behaviour in your cat.

You should also be aware that neutering will reduce the urge to roam and fight. This is especially important for male cats, as it can prevent them from getting into confrontations with other animals or people. It’s not uncommon for young kittens to get into fights with each other (or even their owners), but neutering will help reduce these behaviors later in life.

While some cats may still have an interest in spraying after they’ve been neutered, it’s likely that your cat won’t do this as much as before their surgery was performed on them at a younger age than the usual 6-month mark suggested by veterinarians worldwide.

How to decide when to neuter your cat

When deciding when to neuter your cat, there are many factors to take into consideration.

  • Age of sexual maturity – This differs from cat to cat, but most cats reach sexual maturity between six and nine months of age. If you’re unsure if your cat is sexually mature and would like them to be neutered later, they can always be altered at a later date as well.
  • Health – Before deciding when to neuter your cat, it’s important that you consult with the veterinarian about the health risks associated with surgery at this time in their life cycle and weigh those risks against any benefits gained by altering them. Just as in humans, certain medications or conditions may cause complications during surgery because of patient stress or other factors so it’s important that both parties involved understand these risks before agreeing on a date for the procedure itself as well as what post-surgery care should include (such as pain medication or antibiotics). The best way for an owner/breeder/guardian determine whether their animal needs surgery is through consultation with an expert such as yourself: Dr., DVM?

It may be possible to neuter an older cat, but complications are more likely.

It may be possible to neuter an older cat, but complications are more likely. It’s always better to neuter your cat sooner rather than later. If you do choose to neuter your adult cat, there are some factors that will increase the risk of complications:

  • Older age (8 years and above)
  • Medical conditions
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Previous surgery on the reproductive organs

If you have decided to neuter your cat, talk to your vet about the best time based on your cat’s breed and health status. Takeaway: It’s best to castrate or spay your cat before it reaches sexual maturity (around 5 months).

Neutering is a surgical procedure that involves castration or spaying the cat. It’s performed by a veterinarian and is permanent, so it’s important to consider this before neutering your cat.

Neutering is commonly performed on male cats between the ages of 7 months and 9 months old; however, if you have decided to neuter your cat, talk to your vet about the best time based on your cat’s breed and health status. The process can be done in an outpatient setting or with an overnight stay in an animal hospital depending on the surgery needed. The cost varies depending on where you live as well as what type of anesthesia will be used (general anesthesia vs local injections). To help with costs, some shelters offer assistance programs for people who need financial support when having their pets neutered by offering low-cost surgeries with reduced fees based off income levels or proof that they are receiving government assistance benefits such as Medicaid or welfare payments).


Whether or not you choose to neuter your cat depends on a number of things, but as we’ve seen here there’s always good reason to do it – and the earlier the better. Neutering is a safe and effective way to prevent many health problems in your cat that can be difficult to treat later in life.

If you have any other concerns about getting your cat neutered, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. Just fill out our online form here and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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