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Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 27, 2018

Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery


Did you know that the AVMA has recently endorsed the consensus document from the Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery, which recommends cats not intended for breeding be sterilized by five months of age? In attempting to determine the level of understanding of, and agreement with this endorsement the Marian’s Dream Foundation which created the Feline Fix by Five campaign is asking that you complete a very brief survey. This should take less than 5 minutes of your time.

Take Survey

The survey will remain active until the end of December 2018.

The Feline Fix by Five campaign was started a few years ago to promote sterilization of cats on or before 5 months of age. This campaign is in response to the number of cats that are euthanized in shelters all across the United States. Female cats can come into heat and become pregnant by 5 months of age and unplanned unwanted litters of kittens make up a significant percentage of the cats relinquished to animal shelters. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that there are no long-term adverse effects of ovariohysterectomy or castration of cats under 5 months of age.


If you would like to know more about this endorsement please read the following:

While there is a growing debate about the most appropriate age to spay or neuter dogs, this debate does not include cats. There is no research that shows that early-age spay or neuter of cats is associated with any orthopedic issues. The only proven association between the incidence of cancer and early age sterilization in cats is a marked decrease in mammary neoplasia in cats that are spayed prior to their first heat cycle.

Given the positive impact on population dynamics and lack of adverse physiologic effects of early age spay or neuter in cats, the Feline Fix by Five campaign has been endorsed by numerous professional and humane organizations. These include:

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