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My female cat is almost 2 years old.Is it safe to get her spayed at this age?

Kevin RubyKevin Ruby BaltimoreMember Posts: 6

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  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
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    If you have a good vet, no problems. Spaying involves surgical removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries---pretty serious stuff. But a two year old cat is, at least in theory, able to get through such a surgery. I run a cattery, and my breeder females will be spayed around age five, if not earlier. Find a vet you can trust, and ask him/her this question. The last time I had a cat spayed, she didn't even need an overnight visit, and was jumping six feet to the top of the bookcase the next day (yes, that was not a good idea, but she did it before I could stop her). If money is an issue, your local shelter/ASPA can recommend cheap spay options, and some vets will take payment plans. For your peace of mind (especially if Kitty goes outside), please spay her. You'll be glad you did.
  • Sandy NenningerSandy Nenninger PlainvilleMember Posts: 1,975
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    Absolutely! If she doesn't have any other health problems, anesthesia is not really a risk at 2 years old. That is really the only thing to be concerned with are the effects of anesthesia, not the spay itself. It is always a concern to put a cat (or even a human) under anesthesia but a spay surgery is so quick that the risk is low. They wake them up quickly. Even spaying at 5 months old, my vet does a health screening first to make sure they are ok before putting them under. You will eliminate so many possible future health issues with cancer and uterine infections.
  • Leanne FroebelLeanne Froebel Member Posts: 1,730
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    Yes! As the other posters pointed out, spaying and neutering can be done at any age. Your vet will do pre-surgical labs to make sure she is okay for anesthesia. Spaying will lower her chances of "female problems" and she will be a happier and healthier pet when this is done. Don't hesitate to schedule a spay appointment.
  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    Absolutely! When I did animal rescue work,if we rescued an animal of any age who was not altered, we had to go ahead and do it. Female animals other than humans do not go through a menopause and can breed well into their senior years. As the other posters have said, the side-effects are from the anesthesia. Your vet will tell you this, but she will be kind of "spacey" for a day or so, off her feed and maybe a little cranky. If you have other cats, they'll avoid and maybe even be a little aggressive to her because she'll smell like the clinic and medcations for a while, but that doesn't last. You'll have to watch her spay incision to make sure it doesn't look red or infected or that she's chewing on it. Ask your vet any questions about her spay that you have--that's what they're there for! (And congrats on being a responsible pet owner. You're kitty will thank you for it!)
  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
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    It's safe for a healthy 2 year old cat. At my vets they revently spayed a 12 year old cat who had been dumped in their parking lot and she came through it fine and was adopted out to a new family. If you can afford it go to a vet for the spay as they will do a thourough exam and blood test before the operation to make sure there are no hidden health issues. That will probably cost approx $2-300 in total. If money is tight contact your local SPCA for info on their/other local low cost spay/neuter clinics. They won't do the pre surgery exam/blood tests but for an apparently healthy 2 year old there is a very low risk of hidden health issues that could cause problems.
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