Cherwell CP operates a voucher scheme to help cat owners in Cherwell who are unable to meet the veterinary costs of spaying or neutering their pets. The scheme is means-tested and eligible pet owners MUST live in the Cherwell CP branch area applicable to the postal codes listed below.Please text or call our Neutering Issuers Julie at 07595 207 059 or Emily at 07825 304 345 for more information about Cherwell CP's neutering voucher scheme.Applicable post codes: OX5, OX15, OX16, OX17, OX25, OX26, OX27, or NN13. Residents outside of Cherwell's designated area may be eligible to receive assistance from an alternative local branch of Cats Protection.
Neutering Stray and Feral Cats in Cherwell
We can also offer assistance to local farms to neuter and spay feral cats, to stop uncontrolled breeding of feral colonies. We aim to socialise and re-home any kittens young enough to be adopted into a new home, and re-release the adults back to the farm to continue earning their keep as working cats, as they are often used.
When to Neuter Your Cat
Cats Protection recommends that cats are spayed or neutered at around four months old, the age when cats can start to breed. Your vet may advise to have the procedure undertaken once your young cat has reached a certain weight, so we recommend you contact your veterinary practice today to discuss your pet's specific needs and book an appointment as soon as your cat can receive the treatment.
Why A Neutered Cat is a Healthier Cat
Once the procedure has been undertaken, cats can live longer and have healthier lives. Spaying prevents some cancers, it helps to stop the spread of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and reduces spraying, fighting and straying, particularly in males. If you want the best for your cat's general wellbeing, arranging to have the procedure carried out is a great place to start.
Contrary to old fashioned opinion, it is not beneficial for a cat to have 'just one litter' of kittens. Neutered cats do not 'miss' their reproductive organs, they don't look for opportunities to reproduce once they have had the procedure and they don't whistfully long to rear a litter of kittens again.
Paws for Thought
With the 'old wives' tales' put to bed, some sobering facts to consider: cats can and will breed with their brothers, sisters, and parent. A unneutered female can be responsible for up to 18 kittens a year.