London Cat Care and Control Consortium

When can a female cat start reproducing?
Puberty usually occurs around five to eight months in cats, although it can happen as early as four months depending on the breed of cats. We recommend neutering both male and female cats from an early age. However, it is important to note that the vet responsible for your cat will specify when they are prepared to carry out the neutering operation (usually between four and six months of age). Your vet will consider each case on its own merits.

Will the cat get fat?
Neutered cats need less food after surgery, so youíll need to reduce their daily food intake after theyíre neutered. Neutering in itself doesnít make cats fat.

What aftercare will the cat need?
Your vet will advise you how to care for the cat after surgery. In most cases cats are ready to come home the same day. Most will need to be kept in for a few days after surgery, and in some cases they may need to be taken back to the vetís surgery for stitches to be removed 10 days after surgery.

How can I tell if my kitten is male or female?
To tell if your kitten is male or female, you will need to lift the tail and look at the back end. Both sexes will have two holes but on a female the holes will be fairly close together, whereas on a male there will be a space where the testicles will develop.

What behavioural signs does an unneutered tom display?
Unneutered toms tend to be larger and generally more confident than neutered males. They tend to maintain a large territory area, as they will cover a large area looking for females that are coming into season. Because it is so important for toms to maintain a large territory to reproduce, they are more likely to fight with other cats and leave urine spray marks inside or outside.

Please note: If you have any concerns about your catís health or behaviour please contact your vet as soon as possible.