AVMA Survey On Cat Sterilization Age

AVMA Survey On Cat Sterilization Age

Did you know that the AVMA has recently endorsed the consensus document from the Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery, which recommends cats not intended for breeding be sterilized by five months of age?  In attempting to determine the level of understanding of, and agreement with this endorsement the Marian’s Dream Foundation which created the Feline Fix by Five campaign, is asking that you complete a very brief survey.  This should take less than 5 minutes of your time.

The Feline Fix by Five campaign was started a few years ago to promote sterilization of cats on or before 5 months of age.  This campaign is in response to the number of cats that are euthanized in shelters all across the United States.  Female cats can come into heat and become pregnant by 5 months of age and unplanned unwanted litters of kittens make up a significant percentage of the cats relinquished to animal shelters.  Research has repeated demonstrated that there are no long-term adverse effects of ovariohysterectomy or castration of cats under 5 months of age.

To complete the survey simply click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HN7CT59
The survey will remain active until the end of December 2018.

Additional Resources:

AVMA Spay/Neuter Overview

Why the change in recommended age of sterilization of cats? by Philip A. Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS

 



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