New guidelines: fix your cat by 5 months
Cats can live longer when spayed or neutered one month earlier

Jan 12, 2021 | 2 minute read
Raj the cat might look a bit nervous, but really Feline Fix by 5 is a more humane option: It reduces disease, improves behavior and controls unwanted cat populations.

Research indicates a decrease in cancer, behavioral issues, overpopulation, and infections.

Firehouse is adopting new recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Our support for this new initiative doesn’t mean cat spays/neuters done after 5 months are a problem. Having the surgery before 5 months is the best way to keep our feline friends happy and healthy.

What is it?
Veterinarians have always recommended spaying or neutering cats by 6 months. Yet, cats are sexually mature by 5 months. Firehouse has joined the national movement to spay or neuter cats one month earlier.

There are many medical, behavioral, and community benefits including the decrease of:
-breast cancer
-behavioral problems
-pet overpopulation 

Dr Adriana Mendoza notes, “The over population of cats/kittens is a big problem in our shelters leading to euthanasia of many healthy cats, which we would love to eradicate.”

Female and male kittens face behavior changes when they reach maturity. Males might even “spray” home surfaces with a very strong urine odor. “Also, having unspayed and un-neutered cats often leads to them trying to escape and wander off to find a mate.  They can also have behavior changes that lead to aggression and territorial behaviors that will lead to fights with other cats and possible injuries,” Mendoza added.

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