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

Jan 12, 2021 | < 1 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.

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

Dr Roslyn Reavis notes, “Female cats can have a very serious infection in their uterus after a heat cycle called pyometra. This infection, if not treated by removing the uterus can be deadly. This can be easily prevented by spaying at an appropriate age (less than 5 months).”

Female and male kittens face behavior changes when they reach maturity. Males might even “spray” home surfaces with a very strong urine odor.

To learn more, please visit www.felinefixbyfive.org.

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