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Neutering Cats
Optimum age for neutering cats
  1. David Yates1,
  2. James Yeates1 and
  3. Maggie Roberts2
  1. 1RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, West Sussex RH13 9RS
  2. 2Cats Protection, National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 7TT

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HISTORICALLY, the veterinary profession has advised that cats are neutered from around six months onwards. Recent years have seen a growing prevalence towards, and literature on, ‘early neutering’. Research undertaken by veterinary surgeons has led to endorsement of the procedure by many veterinary bodies, including the Cat Group.

There are potential benefits of neutering at younger ages, both to the individual and for population control, by …

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