Spaying/neutering cats is critical if we ever hope to make progress in controlling the cat population. While most shelters have been spaying/neutering cats at an early age for years, many veterinarians in private practice continue to wait until the cat is at least 6 months old. This is in spite of the fact that many organizations have endorsed the Fix by Five campaign. Unlike dogs, there are no health risks to spaying/neutering a healthy cat at an early age. There may actually be some behavioral and health benefits.
If your veterinarian doesn’t spay/neuter cats by 5 months, please show her/him the JAVMA article “Fix by Five campaign aims to reduce cat overpopulation“. Thank you!