Statement from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):

In June of 2017, the AVMA formally endorsed the consensus document put forth by the Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery, which recommends cats not intended for breeding be gonadectomized by five months of age. This joined endorsements from other veterinary medical and cat breeding associations including the American Association of Feline Practitioners, Association of Shelter Veterinarians, American Animal Hospital Association, EveryCat Health Foundation (formerly the Winn Foundation), Catalyst Council, Cat Fanciers’ Association and The International Cat Association. Feline Fix by Five (FFF) is a campaign promoted by Marian’s Dream Foundation to share this recommendation that has garnered such broad support. FFF was born out of awareness that cats can be reproductively active by 4 to 5 months of age, yet most veterinarians recommend spay/neuter of cats at 6 months of age or older. The result of this mismatch between the age at which cats can become pregnant and the recommended age of sterilization is demonstrated any time one walks into a local animal shelter.

Letters of Support

American Veterinary Medical Association

These major national veterinary organizations endorse Feline Fix by Five:

State Veterinary Medical Associations endorse Feline Fix by Five

Following the lead of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners, state veterinary medical associations in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, and Ohio have formally endorsed the best practice of spaying or neutering cats before five months of age.

“When state veterinary associations embrace and endorse the recommended best practice of spaying and neutering cats by five months of age, it amplifies our message; that the benefits of ‘fixing by five months’ are numerous and impactful to the health and welfare of cats, and to the problem of overpopulation in communities across the country and around the world.” –Esther Mechler, Program Director of Feline Fix by Five & Founder of United Spay Alliance

These non-veterinary organizations endorse Feline Fix by Five:

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