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

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.

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

Dr Brianna Armstrong notes, “The number one reason that pets are returned or end up in the shelter are due to behavioral issues. Cats that are not spayed/neutered before they hit puberty are much more likely to begin spraying (even females!) and have aggression issues. Not only that, but male/female seeking behavior can also result in pets that try to escape the home to find partners, resulting in hit-by-car victims or inevitably returning to the shelter.”

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

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