Benefits of neutering
There are thousands of unwanted felines in the UK -please don't add to that number! Be a responsible owner and have your cat neutered (both males and females) between the age of 4 and 6 months.
Neutering for male cats and spaying for females is a routine operation, costing between £40 and £70. It has numerous benefits for you and your cat:
Neutered male cats
- will become less likely to roam (reducing the risk of being run over),
- will become less likely to fight, thus improving their chances of avoiding serious diseases, like feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) which are transmitted by cat bites and reproductive activity.
- will also be less likely to mark their territory with urine (spraying).
Spayed female cats
- can avoid unwanted pregnancies (It is NOT beneficial for a female cat to have a litter before spaying, this is a myth),
- won't call and wail during their sexual cycle
- will be less likely to contract diseases spread by bites and reproductive activity.
Did you know...
- A female cat can produce a litter of up to 6 kittens.
- Kittens can reach sexual maturity as early as 4-5 months old.
- A female cat can fall pregnant again even if she is still feeding her first litter.
- The gestation period for female cats is just 9 weeks.
- Kittens born as a result of inter-breeding can be born with serious birth defects.
Cats recover very quickly from neutering operations but we'd recommend following your vet's advice on how to look after your cat after its operation.
We can help with the trapping and neutering of feral cats and kittens. We can sometimes relocate ferals to more suitable locations, such as; farms, small-holdings and stables, where they are needed to keep the mice and rat population down! These homes come up every now and again so there is not always an immediate solution to ferals living in the wrong places.
How we can help with the cost of neutering
Since 1st March 2012, OICP is no longer able to fund every cat neutering carried out in Orkney.
Where neutering has been carried out, payment is down to the individual owner unless they have sought and been granted OICP assistance by direct contact with us via our Helpline.
If people ask us for assistance, OICP can offer a fixed value voucher (valid for one month from date of issue) towards the cost of neutering. The vouchers are for £26.00 towards the cost of neutering a female cat and/or £20.00 towards the cost of neutering a male cat. People on very low incomes and/or benefits MAY be entitled to a greater contribution by OICP. Vouchers must be arranged with OICP in advance, by telephoning the HelpLine on 01856 771642, leaving a message and the caller will be rung back.
For all Cats Protection cats (such as: cats currently in foster care, feral cats trapped by OICP volunteers only, and cats homed by OICP whilst too young to neuter), the full cost of neutering will continue to be met by OICP. All OICP cats must also have the vouchers arranged in advance. Both Northvet and Flett & Carmichael are aware that, if someone requires OICP funding towards the cost of neutering, this must be arranged in advance and both the owner and the veterinary practice informed of the voucher number and value, otherwise responsibility for payment is down to the individual owner. If you have any queries as to the funding procedure or your eligibility, please give our Helpline a call on 01856 771642 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.