Kittens are usually 6 months old when they go in to be neutered (male) or spayed (female). But, as she was still so wee – a dwarf kitten if you will – at 6 months, the vet had advised us to wait a few more months before taking Ripley in for the operation.
The delay in taking Ripley in unfortunately meant that we were subjected to her going into heat over Christmas – not great.
What does going into heat mean?
Going into heat means that your female cat has come to the age where she’s having “that time of the month”, although cats going into heat on a seasonal rather than a monthly basis.
Being in heat mean that your cat is fertile and ready to mingle, so to avoid your kitten having kittens of her own, it is soooo important not to let her out when she’s in heat or else you could become a grandmother!!!
What age do cats go into heat, how long does it last and when do you know your cat is in heat?
Female cats can go into heat at any age between 4 months and 10 months, depending on what breed they are, but the average age is 6 months – hence vets recommend your female kitty is spayed around that age.
Cats stay in heat for 4 – 10 days and this cycle can repeat on a bi-weekly basis if they do not get what they are seeking – a male kitty’s “company”. You can usually tell that your cat is in heat when she starts getting vocal – and by this I mean whining piteously, in an alarming manner, pining at the door to get out, running around like a mentalist and demanding way more affection (particularly scratches near her tail and on her cheeks, where her scent glands are as she marks you). She may also roll around a lot as if she is scratching her back but really she is showing her belly off!
Ripley’s vet appointment
Now Ripley went into heat at 6 months but the vet said we needed to wait another 3 months due to how wee she was but, after the restlessness and what I call screech calling over Christmas and New Year, we didn’t want to wait too long to get her in for spaying.
Thankfully, at 9 months old, Ripley is now big enough to go through the operation so, decision made, she’s been booked in and we’re taking her in next week.
The costs involved
The quoted cost with our vets is £75, which includes taking stitches out afterwards and anti-biotics, anti-inflammatory etc. after the op plus post-op check-up if needed.
Now £75 may seem like a high cost but just think what you would spend taking care of a litter of kittens and he time and effort needed to find good homes for them of you don’t decide to keep them. Worth the money I say to avoid being put in that predicament as I know me for one would not be able to part with a single kitten and when cats can have litters of up to 8 babies that would give me 13 cats in total – yikes.
Another benefit is that your kitty can also be microchipped at same time if needs be/wanted.
We’re looking forward to Ripley going in next week and just hope she doesn’t need anything else and will be ok. Will let you know!
Cats Protection and other cat charities help towards cost for those in need, so better than leaving them to get pregnant and have unwanted babies.