Should you get your cat neutered?
Cats Protection believe that having your cat neutered is an essential part of responsible cat ownership. Neutering has many benefits for you and your cat as well as helping to reduce the number of unwanted kittens in the UK.
After castrating (the veterinary term for neutering a male cat) a male cat is less likely to roam, thus reducing the risk of being involved in traffic accidents. He is less likely to fight with other male cats which reduces the risk of injury or contracting serious diseases. He is also less likely to display territorial behaviour, such as spraying
After Spaying (the veterinary term for neutering a female cat) a female cat is unable to get pregnant and have unwanted litters of kittens. She will not wail or call to attract male cats. She is also much less likely to contract serious diseases such as FIV and FeLV.
Both operations are relatively straightforward procedures and cats usually recover very quickly with no ill effects.
There are a number of myths around about neutering. Here are some facts to set the record straight.
It is NOT beneficial for a cat to have ‘just one litter’ before being spayed.
A female cat can have three litters of kittens in just one year.
Cats will breed with their brothers and sisters, mothers, fathers, cousins and any other related or not related cats.
There are around 2.5 million stray cats living in the UK. Please don’t add to this number.
Please contact your veterinary surgeon for more details.
If you are on benefits or a low income, a pensioner or a student Cats Protection may be able to help with the cost of neutering your cat. (conditions apply) To find out if you are eligible please ring our helpline 0117 9665428 and leave your name and telephone number (preferably a landline) saying your enquiry is about neutering. Our neutering administrator will contact you but please be patient, we are all volunteers, busy with families and jobs but we will get back to you as soon as we can.
By playing your part and getting your cat neutered we can move towards ensuring that every kitten and cat gets the loving home he or she deserves.