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19 May 2021

One of the most important activities in improving cat welfare is our neutering work. Neutering cats not only helps with the control of strays but helps our beloved companion cats live longer, healthier lives.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) ad Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) are life threatening diseases for cats. They are transmitted through saliva which makes fighting cats more at risk.

Neutered male cats are less likely to wander, protect their territory or get into fights with other cats. An un-neutered male cat marks his territory by spraying strong smelling urine. He will do this inside the house as well as in the garden. This strong smell and the urge to spray disappear when the male cat is castrated.

Spayed female cats are also less likely to wander looking for a mate, straying into another cat’s territory and getting into fights with other cats and of course, they are protected from becoming pregnant. From the age of five months a healthy female cat can have up to three litters each year with five or six kittens in each litter.

Every year, hundreds of unneutered cats go missing from their homes as they roam further from their homes, particularly during the Spring and Summer months.

Both male and female cats should be neutered from five months, so be a responsible cat owner and have your cat neutered.

Last year we helped neuter over 350 cats and kittens through our free and assisted neutering scheme. If you need help with the cost of neutering, please phone us on 07393 796201 or email: neutering@croydon.cats.org.uk