Did you know that Cats Protection might be able to assist you with the cost of
neutering your cat?
We believe that neutering is an important part of responsible cat ownership. All
Cats Protection cats/kittens that are ready for rehoming (unless
they are tiny kittens or have medical problems) will have been neutered; but if you
are having difficulty affording the cost of neutering your own cat, we might be able
There are around 2.5 million stray cats living in the UK.
One un-neutered female cat can produce 20,000 descendents in just five years.
Cats become sexually active from about four months old.
It is not beneficial for a cat to have 'just one litter' before being spayed.
Gestation (the length of pregnancy) in cats is just nine weeks, and a female cat
came come into season again just six weeks after giving birth.
Pregnancy and motherhood are physically very demanding for a cat, and repeated
pregnancies take their toll.
Cats will breed with their brothers and sisters.
A cat can have up to five litters a year with five or six kittens in each litter.
That adds up to 18 caring homes for Cats Protection to find each year, from just one
What is Neutering?
Neutering is a surgical procedure which prevents female cats, known as queens,
becoming pregnant; and male cats, known as toms, making females pregnant.
Cats Protection recommends the neutering of domestic cats from four months of age,
but you should seek advice from your vet for each individual cat.
Neutering has many health benefits as well as helping to reduce the number of
unwanted cats in the UK.
Neutered male cats are:
Less likely to roam, reducing the risk of them being run over.
Less likely to fight, reducing the risk of them getting injured.
Less likely to contract serious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus
(FIV), and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) through fighting.
Less likely to display territorial behaviour such as spraying.
Unable to develop tumours of the testicles.
Neutered female cats are:
Unable to become pregnant and have unwanted litters of kittens.
Not going to call or wail, as un-neutered queens do when in season.
Less likely to contract diseases such as FIV and FeLV spead by bites.
Unable to develop cancer of the overies or uterus.
Less likely to develop mammary cancer - especially if neutered under the age of six
Your cat will have an anaesthetic on the day, so he or she should be given no food
prior to the operation - your vet will advise you about this. The operation for
both male and female cats is very simple so you will usually be able to drop your
cat off and pick him or her up on the same day.
Female cats will have a small shaved area; this fur will grow back in a couple of
weeks. She will also have stiches. If these are not dissolvable, they will be
taken out by the vet around ten days after the operation.
Cats usually recover very quickly from the operation. Your vet will advise on the
best care for your cat as he or she recovers.
How Much does it Cost?
The cost of your operation varies according to what part of the country you live in
and the vet you use. The average cost for a male cat is between £20 and £40 and the
average cost for a female cat is between £30 and £60. Your vet will be happy to
give you a quote before the operation takes place. Cats Protection offers financial
assistance to cat owners on benefits or low incomes to help with the cost of
neutering. Please call 01395 232377 to see if you are eligble for help with the
cost of neutering you cat.