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Why neuter your cat?

Why Neuter Your Cat?

To apply for financial assistance in neutering your cat(s) please read the information below.

This service is for residents in the CT1 – 6 & ME13 postcode areas.  Call the neutering officer on 07871 998689 or email us using the online contact form.  

Cats Protection considers neutering your cat is very important. Click here to see a video explaining why.

Download CP Leaflet on NEUTERING here. 

Neutering cats saves lives!

Why You Should Neuter Your Cat

  • The most important reason is simply that there are too many unwanted litters of kittens. Millions of cats are euthanised each year. 90% of these animals would be acceptable for adoption into families. Unfortunately, there simply are not enough families looking for cats to give these animals a good home. A single unspayed female cat can produce three litters per year, with an average of four to six kittens per litter.
  • Unwanted cats that are not euthanised or adopted are often abandoned and become feral. It is estimated that the feral cat population is as large as the current number of cats that have homes. Feral cats can carry diseases as well as harm the populations of wild rodents and birds. As a result, a large feral cat population can have a damaging effect on the environment. By having your own cat spayed or neutered, you can ensure that your pet will not contribute to the growing problem. Also its no fun being a feral cat, life is short, sometimes cruel and you are always hungry! Believe me its not funny or nice seeing a feral cat suffer and the conditions they have to live in.
  • Unspayed female cats go into heat several times a year. By spaying your cat, you can prevent several unwanted behaviours, including spraying, hours of yowling, and you will not have to confine your cat for several weeks out of the year.
  • Male cats that have not been neutered are also more difficult to care for. Sexually mature male cats often feel a need to mark their territory. Also, the mating instincts in unneutered cats cannot be curbed or controlled, and often these male cats will wander off for days at a time in search of a female that is in heat. Sometimes when male cats wander they get lost and do not come home. By neutering your cat, you can prevent this. Often full toms wander just a bit to far and cross too many roads to become just another road traffic casualty, and if they are not killed outright by a car then may have wandered so far from home that you are unlikely to find them to do something about their injuries.
  • It is better for your cat's health to be spayed or neutered. For example, female cats that are spayed before their first heat will have a reduced chance of mammary cancer, and will be unable to develop pyometra, which is a serious uterine condition that can cause death. Also, an unwanted pregnancy in an already ill or aging cat can be fatal. Male cats which have been neutered have less chance of being injured in fights over females, or of developing prostate problems.
  • Spayed or neutered cats are often more friendly with their owners than they would usually be. Not only are the cats more friendly, but as has been mentioned before, there are fewer unwanted behaviours for their owners to contend with. It's much easier to have a good relationship with your cat when you don't have to worry about all of the unfortunate situations that come up after your pet has reached sexual maturity.
  • Getting your cat spayed or neutered will save you money in the long run. First, it can save you money by eliminating the need to replace furniture that has been damaged by a female cat in heat, or a male cat marking its territory. Next, since the procedure is fairly cheap, it may save you a lot of money by preventing health problems in your pets. Young female cats that fall pregnant are more likely to be at risk of having to undergo a caesarian, the cost of which can set you back several hundred pounds and there is no guarantee mum or the kittens will survive.
You should still get your cat spayed or neutered, even if you don't think that you can afford the procedure.

Cats Protection can give you financial assistance to get your cat neutered.
It is Cats Protection policy to promote the neutering of all cats. In a period of only five years, a single female cat can be responsible for 20,000 descendants, so clearly neutering is essential if the number of unwanted cats and kittens in the UK is to be controlled and ideally reduced.

Age at Neutering

In the UK the usual age for neutering or spaying is still around 6 months. However, increasingly rescues and vets are promoting early neutering at four months, as it is possible for female cat to become pregnant at only four months of age, and also only a few weeks after having a litter of kittens. So it is very important to get a new mother cat spayed as soon as kittens are weaned, this can be around 8 weeks of age. Please discuss with your vet what would be the most suitable age for your particular cat. Cats Protection encourage early neutering and all kittens over four months of age will be neutered before being rehomed. To find out about the early neutering scheme follow the link: http://www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/neutering/enr

Financial Assistance

We are able to assist with the cost of having your cat neutered if:   
  • full time student
  • in receipt of a pension
  • in receipt of a means-tested benefit
  • on a low wage
  • genuinely cannot afford at the present moment in time to neuter your cat
Feral Cats

We will do our best to assist in the catching and neutering of feral colonies, but.... we can only do that if you are able to assist us as well. We are not a big branch and we are all volunteers, but it helps greatly if we get assistance from other people.

We can help in other "needy" circumstance but you need to contact us to discuss. If you wish to apply for neutering voucher please contact us.
You will need to supply us with the following information:
  • Name (this is the person the cat is owned by)
  • Address and postcode
  • Telephone number
  • Number of cats
  • Name, sexes and ages of cats
  • Vet you plan to use

We are only able to consider helping those who live in our postcode area. If you do not live in our catchment area then please contact you nearest local CP branch, where they should be able to assist you (log on to the cats.org.uk website for list of branches).

We will always do our best to help whenever we can. Neutering vouchers are for £26 (female cat) or £20 (male cat). Vouchers are sent direct to the vets you are taking your cat to be neutered, they are not sent direct to you, so please allow a few days for receipt in the post.

Vouchers have a two-week expiry date from the date of issue; we cannot issue them in advance, proof of neutering will be required. Vouchers that are not used for whatever reason drain our resources and mean that we are unable to help other people in getting their cats neutered.

Please note that the voucher will not necessarily cover the full cost of neutering, and any remaining balance is your responsibility, and must be paid to the vet.

 Updated Feb 2014