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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Spaying an older cat?

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I posted a while back about introducing a kitten with an established cat. Well, my friend can no longer take care of her 8 month old female cat, and I'm considering taking her in. I'm just concerned since the female cat was never spayed, and went into heat. If we spay her now, will she continue to howl like no tomorrow?

Both cats will be female... will any of this pose a problem? (My cat is a little terror, and I know the new kitten is a total sweetheart lap-kitten.)

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 04:02 AM
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Once she is speyed, she will no longer have any signs of heat. You can spey cats a lot older than 8 months as well, my own foster kitty Isis was speyed at 18 months with no problem whatsoever. She was also in season when she was speyed as she never came out of one after having kittens.
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Don't worry about a thing! After I found Nya the vets told me she is about 3-4 years old, and I had her spayed at Christmas. It cost me more because she's a "mature" cat, and the anesthesia made her loopy for a bit longer than I think it should have, but otherwise all is well! 8 months is still plenty young

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 09:45 AM
 
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You can definately still get her spayed, and I can guarantee you she will not howl like that anymore. Both of my girls got spayed at 8 months, after they had gone into first heat.
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There is this stray cat that hangs out around my mom's neighborhood. She gave birth to kittens in my mom's backyard and my mom had her spayed after that. I think she was 2 years old. So yes, you can have adult cats spayed/neutered.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yay! I'm so happy to hear about that!!!

I just wasn't sure about it because I remember with our cat Sasha, it seemed like a race against the clock to get her spayed at the exact right moment before her heat cycle... but that's a relief to hear about the new one.

Now, what about the fact that they are both female? I heard somewhere that you should get one female, and one male. Do two females get along better than a mixed set?

Thanks again!!!
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ah! I also thought up one other thing...

The new kitten was allowed to go outside for basically her whole life... and we're going to be moving into an appartment and won't be letting our cats roam around. Do you think this new one will cry every minute to go outside & try to escape the second we open the door? (new question, I know... but easier than setting up a new thread )

Thanks again!
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 02:27 PM
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All of my cats were strays I found outside and only one tried to bolt when the front door was open -- he was still a kitten when he did this, so I think it was more kitten curiosity than anything. I would say your kitty will get used to being inside after awhile. You could always leave a window open for her to look out and feel the breeze.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-13-2005, 02:45 PM
 
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I have had cats neutered as old as 4-5 years of age. Congrats on your new addition!!

Mikko was feral before being captured in a humane trap by the city. He's now an indoor only cat and is quite happy. I second the suggestion of cracking a window and allowing a breeze for them. Mine love it!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-14-2005, 08:18 AM
 
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Absolutely no difference as to whether two females, male and female, or whatever. The differences are the personalities from one cat to another.
Only an Age + Gender combination could make a difference. An older female cat might not be willing to stand the rough play of a rambunctious young male cat.
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