I am sure it has been posted here many times before, but being relatively new to the forum, I was hoping I could get an answer without having to read back too far. I have a slight dilemma, and I hope someone with veterinary experience (or a lot of kitten experience) can help me out.
My 18 y.o. daughter has adopted a kitten. Her dad wants her to have the kitten spayed by the end of the month (long story, but it has to do with teaching adult daughter responsibility and priorities). We think Emmy (daughter's kitty) was born late March or early April.
My other daughter found a kitten last summer that was (at most!) only 10-12 weeks old. She (Jazzy-Cat) was found while visiting "grandma" in Arkansas. Jazz was near a busy highway and miles from any residence.
We attempted every means possible to find an owner, but no one came forward. The assumption was made that she was "dumped" there.
A few weeks later, "grandma" and my daughter took her in to their local vet to be spayed. He commented (after he had mutilated the poor kitty) that he noticed a scar when he shaved her, but since he couldn't be sure he proceeded with the surgery, finding no ovaries or uterus (GRRRR...when he saw the scar, why didn't he call?)
Poor Jazz was "spayed" twice...
Anyway, back to new kitty: Emmy. She is about 4 months and my hubby wants her spayed asap...OUR vet says no and that she should be 6 months at least. Vets in Arkansas, (those my mom has contacted) say that they frequently alter "pound" kitties as young as 6 weeks (which may explain why Jazz was spayed so young...)
What is the general rule in regards to the best age to spay a kitten?
Thanks in advance for any info!