Issue 26: May 10

Dear Dr. Schelling,

I’m thinking of getting a kitten. My neighbor got a kitten from a shelter that had an early neuter. Is that good for cats? Should I get one for my new kitten too?


Dear Christina,

Many shelter cats have neuter surgery performed at an early age to be sure the surgery is done before they are adopted by their new family. There are benefits to having the surgery performed early, and minimal risk with this type of surgery. Kittens from breeders or other private sources can also have surgery performed earlier than traditionally thought. Read this article to learn the reasons early neuters are becoming more popular and whether this is a good idea for your new kitten.

-Dr. Schelling

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