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When is it safe to spay/neuter a mother cat and kittens?

Cats can come into heat and get pregnant while still nursing kittens, therefore it is a good idea to get them fixed as soon as possible; this is especially true when dealing with feral cats. Most healthy kittens should be able to eat solid food by the time they are 6 weeks old. By 7-8 weeks of age, they can survive completely on solid food without the need for mother's milk. This is the most advantageous time to bring in the mom and kittens to be fixed. First, the mother cat will nurse the kittens post-surgery, but it is not critical for their nutritional needs if she does not. Second, the mother cat will still be around her kittens because of their young age, and therefore easier to catch (if feral). Lastly, this will be a time to fix the mom prior to her becoming pregnant again.

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