Neutering

Why?

For your cat's sake

Female cats can be drained by having repeated litters, from as early as 4 months of age, and males are at risk of injury from fighting with other males. They can both get diseases – like FIV – from fighting and mating.

For your sake

They can be noisy and messy! Cats call, spray and fight during the mating season – January to August.
And make you worry - males can roam for miles to find a female.

Being responsible

Without neutering the UK's cat population can rise dramatically and we're already in a position where there are many cats without homes.

It is CP's policy to neuter all cats from 4 months of age, but cats of any age can benefit from being neutered.

Benefits of neutering

Getting your cat neutered helps protect them from injury and disease and you from having sleepless nights, disturbed or worrying.
You are also helping control the overall cat population.

Download CP's leaflet about neutering

CP have produced this video about early neutering (9 minutes)

The numbers

  • A female cat can have 3 litters a year of 5 or 6 kittens
  • Cats are pregnant for only 9 weeks and a female cat can come into season just 6 weeks after giving birth.
  • One unneutered female cat can be responsible for 20,000 descendants in the space of 5 years.
Let's see what can happen in just one year:

January: At 5 months old, Kitty has her first litter of kittens - 2 boys and 2 girls.

June: Kitty has her second litter of kittens - 2 boys and 2 girls. Kitty's 2 female kittens born in January have their first litters - 4 kittens each.

November: Kitty has her third litter of kittens - 2 boys and 2 girls. Kitty's 4 daughters born in January and June each produce a litter of 4 kittens. In addition, Kitty's 2 grand-daughters born in June each produce a litter of 4 kittens.

If you have questions about neutering, or would like information about our neutering voucher programme, please email us on neutering@mkcats.org.uk or call us on 01908 984799.