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Help stop teenage pregnancy! Early-age neutering in cats.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21215944     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PRACTICAL RELEVANCE: neutering kittens at an early age, typically between 6 and 14 weeks, has received increasing attention and gained prominence in recent years, particularly in the United States and in shelter medicine in the UK. However, in private practice it has yet to be generally endorsed.
GLOBAL IMPORTANCE: among many of the animal welfare charities, early neutering is seen as a crucial step in conquering and controlling cat overpopulation.
CLINICAL CHALLENGES: physiological differences between kittens and adult cats are very important to consider before undertaking elective early neutering. Increased sensitivity to drugs, prolongation of effects and a limited capacity for cardiovascular compensation are the principal anaesthetic concerns in kittens.
EVIDENCE BASE: the optimal age for neutering, traditionally deemed to be between 5 and 8 months, is now questioned, as short- and longer-term studies demonstrate no significant behavioural and physical advantages conferred by traditional-age neutering. Furthermore, a number of safe anaesthetic and surgical protocols have been documented that produce lower morbidity and similar mortality rates in early-age neuters compared with traditional-age neuters.
Alison Joyce; David Yates
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of feline medicine and surgery     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1532-2750     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Feline Med. Surg.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-10     Completed Date:  2011-02-16     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100897329     Medline TA:  J Feline Med Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital, 411 Eccles New Road, Salford M5 5NN, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Anesthesia / methods,  veterinary
Cats / surgery*
Clinical Protocols
Orchiectomy / methods,  veterinary*
Ovariectomy / methods,  veterinary*
Time Factors
Comment In:
J Feline Med Surg. 2011 Mar;13(3):162   [PMID:  21338940 ]

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