New guidelines: Fix your cat by 5 months of age
Cats can live longer when spayed or neutered 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 when cats are spayed by 5 months.

Goodheart supports recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Our support for this 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 healthy.

What is Feline Fix by Five?
Veterinarians have always recommended spaying or neutering cats by 6 months. Yet, cats can be sexually mature by 5 months. Goodheart 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 Beth Spencer notes, “We want to help spay and neuter cats before unwanted behaviors and medical disease occur.”

Male cats might even “spray” home surfaces urine once they mature.

A benefit for female cats is the prevention of pyometra, a life threatening infection in the uterus. This is preventable by spaying at an appropriate age (< 5 months).

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