Why Neutering Is Best For You & Your Cat

Every year, we have to help dozens of kittens and their mums because some owners don't neuter their cats. But it's such a simple thing to do for both male and females - and we can help with the cost. It is far more expensive to feed a pregnant cat and her kittens than to pay for her to be spayed. One female can have up to three litters in a year, with five or six kittens each time.

From the age of four to five months is ideal for both males and females as this is when they can become sexually active. But if your cat is older, then it's never too late.

Neutered cats live longer and healthier lives. Males are less likely to roam, fight and mark their territory with urine (spraying). This will cut the risk of them being run over or getting hurt in fights. For females, the obvious benefit is no unwanted pregnancies. It is a myth that it is beneficial for a female to have a litter before spaying. They will also not call and wail during their sexual cycle and will be less likely to catch diseases spread by bites and reproductive activity.

Your cat will need an anaesthetic but the procedure is very simple. You will usually be able to drop off your pet and pick him or her up on the same day. Females will have a small shaved area but the fur will grow back in a few weeks. They will also have stitches which will either be dissolvable or need to be taken out by the vet around ten days later. Cats usually recover very quickly. Your vet will be able to advise you on your individual cat.