When should I sterilise my female cat?

By The To 13:09

Spaying your cat doesn’t only avoid her being in heat, but truly makes her more comfortable.


Some owners neglect to sterilise their pet. Nonetheless, in order to protect a cat and ensure their good health, spaying females is essential.


Why should I sterilise my cat?

Spaying is known medically as an ovariectomy or ovariohysterectomy depending on the country, these are two slightly different medical procedures, both of which lead to sterilisation. There are several arguments in favour of sterilisation. The procedure can have many advantages for your cat.

Prevent her from being in heat

Firstly, sterilising your cat will prevent her from being in heat. It should be noted that a cat’s behaviour during this time can be unpleasant. Generally, your cat will demand extra attention, rub herself against everything in order to mark it with her scent and pheromones, and meow loudly. She may be in heat for five to ten days. Additionally, if your cat hasn’t mated this will happen every three weeks.

Guarantee your cat’s health

By spaying your cat, you help minimise the risk of her catching sexually transmitted diseases, most notably HIV, referred to as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). Unfortunately, many stray cats carry the disease, and it is present in others too.


During the sterilisation process, it is possible to detect and treat ovarian problems. Your cat can also develop complications such as mammary oedemas (swelling due to excess fluid), which tend to be present in young felines and those who are given contraceptives.


Feline sterilisation can also be beneficial for your cat if she has been diagnosed with diabetes. Indeed, when your cat is in heat, her hormone levels are elevated to the point that they can have a negative impact on her health.


How old should my cat be when she is sterilised?

A cat can be sterilised at any age. However, it is recommended to do so during puberty. Spaying can therefore take place at six months. By carrying out this procedure the at the earliest advisable age, you will be able to prevent potential illnesses from developing. Sterilising your cat at at a younger age means she has a 91% chance of never developing a tumour.


Some people believe that it is better to wait until a cat has had her first litter before sterilising her. In reality, this is completely false and the earlier your cat is spayed, the sooner she will be protected.


When did you sterilise your cat?

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  • Amanda E My vet recommended Ruby wait until she was 7 months old. Some vets in England do it earlier though.

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