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Michael San Filippo
Phone: 847-285-6687
Cell: 847-732-6194

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

  2/27/2018

 Webinar explores the safety and impact of spaying/neutering cats by five months old

​On February 28 at 3 p.m. (Eastern), Dr. Philip Bushby and Marcia Lane, endowed chair of humane ethics and animal welfare at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will host a Feline Fix by Five webinar for veterinarians in private practice, animal shelters or spay/neuter clinics.

Registration for the webinar is open through the ASPCA website. Participants will:

  • Understand the potential impact of changing the generally accepted age of cat spay/neuter
  • Learn how to implement this change in private veterinary practices and shelter environments
  • Hear specific techniques that make spay/neuter of 4- to 5-month-old cats efficient and safe

This webinar is part of the Feline Fix by Five initiative celebrating that February has been declared as Feline Fixed by Five Month.

The AVMA advocates spaying or neutering cats by five months old to aid in reducing unplanned litters, decrease the incidence of feline mammary gland cancer and increase the chances of adoption from shelters.

The Feline Fix by Five initiative gathered experts to review scientific evidence regarding medical and behavioral effects of early spay and neuter, as well as short- and long-term potential risk factors. Because current evidence does not support an increased risk for cats of complications or long-term adverse health effects with pediatric (6-14 weeks) or juvenile (after 16 weeks) sterilization, the group recommended that practitioners routinely schedule the surgery at the end of the kitten vaccination series, typically between four and five months of age.

In July 2017, the AVMA board of directors endorsed the Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization Recommendations for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery. This document recommends cats not intended for breeding be sterilized by five months old. It states that feline sterilization by five months old, promotes individual animal health, contributes to effective population control, and can be communicated clearly to clients. The recommendations have broad support among veterinary medical and cat breeding associations. Additional resources are available at avma.org/SpayNeuter.

For more information, contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA senior media relations specialist, at 847-285-6687 (office), 847-732-6194 (cell) or msanfilippo@avma.org.

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