Surgical techniques for neutering 6- to 14-week-old kittens

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1993 Jan 1;202(1):53-5.


Ninety-six kittens (48 males and 48 females) between the ages of 6 and 14 weeks were neutered. There were no important anesthetic complications, or complications during or after surgery. Pediatric neutering of kittens is a low-risk procedure when specific guidelines are followed. It is recommended that a complete preanesthetic evaluation be performed, a quiet and warm preoperative and postoperative environment be provided, handling of kittens be minimized, bleeding during surgery be meticulously controlled, fragile pediatric tissues be handled gently, kittens be offered food shortly after standing to prevent hypoglycemia, and dextrose be administered PO or IV if recovery is prolonged.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Castration / veterinary*
  • Cat Diseases / surgery
  • Cats / surgery*
  • Cryptorchidism / surgery
  • Cryptorchidism / veterinary
  • Female
  • Intraoperative Complications / veterinary
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / veterinary