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Aug 21, 2019 19:54:10   #
Lisa BB
Hi all

The shelter where I got my new calico kitten (DC Kitty) wants her spayed by 4 months and gave me a date it needs to be done by. She is 8-10 weeks now and veterinarian hubby thinks 4 months is to soon. They told me she was 10-12 weeks but when hubby checked her teeth she is only 8-10 weeks.

The 4 months can be extended by veterinarian hubby informing them that he does not do it before 6 months. I am all for getting her spayed, but not at such a young age.
Aug 21, 2019 20:01:54   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
At least with female you don’t have to worry about crystals in often as a male cat.
Aug 21, 2019 20:02:37   #
Agreed, too young for the anasthetic, congrats on your new charges!
Aug 21, 2019 20:10:52   #
Follow your gut feeling, & in this case professional advice from your DH. He should know. Because they are a shelter they may be trying to get more funds via earlier vaccinations etc. Who knows? They may be doing a wonderful job and providing a necessary service to the public but could be running on a shoestring budget, and of course want to help prevent more unwanted moggies from running around, unloved and not cared for.
As long as you can keep her safely inside for the six months, I am on your side.
Aug 21, 2019 20:28:13   #
no1girl (a regular here)
9 months at the earliest! (just my opinion)
Aug 21, 2019 20:31:46   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
I have seen this trend too. The general public may not be as conscientious as some of us about getting this done. Personally I think it is safer for the animal to let them grow a little. This is complicated by guessing the age of a street rescue. Good luck with your new fur baby.
Aug 21, 2019 20:46:33   #
fortunate1 (a regular here)
The shelter here has a vet that spays and neuters when they reach a certain weight. They have to be spayed or neutered before they can be adopted.
My little dog, they said was about 2 yrs old, my vet checked his teeth and told me he was only about 10 months.
I am not so certain the shelter staff has the best vets. I know the vets volunteer their time, or do it for a reduced cost, but I trust my personal vet much more than anyone else.
Aug 21, 2019 20:55:04   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
I would go with your vet (hubby) advice....and what is best for your beautiful kitten
Aug 21, 2019 21:14:29   #
Knitting in the Rockys (a regular here)
Check the adoption contract that you signed with the shelter. Then seek the advice of an attorney. There may be legal ramifications of violating that contract. I worked with breed rescue and we had an attorney draw up our adoption contracts.

While animal shelters usually don't have a lot of money, they do usually have an animal loving attorney who does some pro bono work for them.
Aug 21, 2019 21:16:59   #
Our latest stray to our colony was only about 3 months old when he was neutered.
He's healthy, and happy.
Aug 21, 2019 21:21:15   #
smasha12 (a regular here)
The only cat we owned was the product of a pregnancy when her mother was 5 months. If your cat never meets other cats, you could be okay.
Aug 21, 2019 22:23:59   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
Just so it is before her first heat.
Aug 21, 2019 22:54:01   #
My vet still follows six months for spays and prefers the same for neuters but will do them a bit earlier.

I know the rescues are doing earlier. Males here are neutered as young as eight weeks at some places.

Just get him to sign off on spaying her a bit later.

Our pound dog couldn’t be done until her heartworms were cleared up. We just turned in the signed note and got an extension.

(Getting two rescue barn kitties Friday myself)

Have fun with your new addition, kittens are so fun!
Aug 21, 2019 23:43:17   #
I also agree with you about waiting until at least 6 months before spay/neuter. I just had this discussion with my vet and she agrees to wait until they are more mature. However, the Humane Society is “fixing” them before they let adoptees leave there and that is so often way too early.
Aug 22, 2019 01:17:56   #
peppered (a regular here)
I'm not a vet and I can say it is too early! 6-8 months is more likely. She should go through first heat which could even be a year.
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