Do Vets Require Vaccinations in Cats Before Being Spayed?

Some clinics and hospitals do require pre-spaying vaccinations.
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As a responsible cat owner, one kind thing you can do for your female kitty is to get her spayed. Not only does spaying a queen prevent her from the stress and restlessness of pregnancy, it also stops the physical toll of an actual pregnancy -- definitely a good thing.

Prior Vaccinations Necessary

As for the question of whether veterinarians require up-to-date vaccinations on cats before spaying, the answer is that it depends on the specific place. Many veterinary clinics and hospitals do require that cats get vaccinated before spaying surgery -- often with rabies and FVRCP vaccines, although it may vary. FVRCP vaccines cover felines for a variety of different infections, including calcivirus, panleukopenia and rhinotracheitis.

Time Frame

Not only do some clinics and hospitals call for pre-surgery vaccinations, they also may specify a time frame. For instance, you may need to get your little one's shots at least one week before the date of the surgery. To be certain, consult with the clinic regarding time frames before penciling in a solid appointment.

Some clinics also may be more relaxed with their policy when it comes to young kittens. If you are looking for a pediatric spaying appointment, ask about the vaccine policies beforehand, as well.

Vaccinations Beforehand Unnecessary

At the other end of the spectrum, some spaying and neutering clinics do not require prior vaccination. Instead, they simply may vaccinate your cat the same day of the surgery. This is an especially common option with many inexpensive spaying and neutering clinics around the nation. The cost of the vaccinations often is included in the surgery price.

Other Requirements

Vaccination requirements are not the only ones that may be necessary for getting your fluff ball spayed. Some hospitals and clinics also have age and weight requirements. For example, your kitty may need to be at least 4 months old and weigh a minimum of two pounds. Be smart and be sure that you have all of your information correct before getting your reluctant pet into the carrier and driving all the way to the clinic. After all, getting a cat into a car is hard enough just one time!

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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