Cats Protection are dedicated to getting cats neutered - this work is vital to keeping cat populations down, and existing cats healthy. Cats protection are working with vets, adopters and member of the public to manage the neutering of cats in the UK.
We hope to educate everyone about the risks to unneutered cats, and the benefits of having your cat neutered from as young as 4 months of age.
Cats are able to reproduce when they are still kittens themselves - by having kittens this young it can have detrimental effects on the health of the cat and so having them neutered before this can occur is recommended.
There are around 2.5 million stray cats across the UK - mostly they are a result of unneutered cats. This could be from unneutered pets wandering away from home to look for mates, kittens born outdoors which have not been socialised, and feral colonies continuing to breed and exhausting their resource.
Neutered cats are:
1. Less likely to roam, reducing the risk of them being injured.
2. Less likely to fight, reducing the risk of injuries and disease.
3. Less likely to contract serious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV)
4. Less likely to display territorial behaviour such as spraying.
5. Female cats will not call or display seasonal behaviours.
The cost of neutering varies on veterinary clinic and location - average cost is around £40 for males and £65 for females. Lots of vets have monthly payment plans that give you a discount on neutering and include all flea and worm treatments. Please also consider microchipping your cat at the time of neutering. Microchipping is harmless to cats and allows them to be easily reunited with owners if they were to go missing.
Knowing how important it is to have your cats neutered, we can help you with the cost of neutering. For Exeter based queries contact our neutering helpline on: 01392 276291. Out of this area you can contact our head office neutering number for more information.
The importance of neutering cats 🐱🐾
Neutering is the most effective way to reduce the number of unwanted cats. There are currently thousands of cats in animal shelters throughout the UK, waiting to find a loving home. There are no health or welfare benefits to allowing a cat to have a litter of kittens before neutering.
Feline reproduction 🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱
Female cats, known as queens, can become sexually mature from just four months of age. Once sexually mature, queens have regular heat cycles during which they may demonstrate restlessness, calling and wailing, squirming, rubbing and presenting the rear in attempts to attract a mate.
These periods of reproductive activity, lasting a few days, recur every few weeks during the breeding season, which usually runs from February to August. During these heat cycles, a queen will be very attractive to unneutered male tom cats. Males can detect her scent from several miles away and will make great efforts to reach her.
Queens are not selective and will accept advances from any tom, including relatives. Allowing an unneutered female outside - or indoors with an unneutered tom - will put her at risk of pregnancy, as well as putting her and any resulting kittens at risk of infectious diseases that unneutered roaming toms may carry.
Between one and nine kittens will be born in a litter - most commonly four to six.
What is neutering? 🐱🐾
Neutering is an operation to prevent female cats from getting pregnant, and male cats from making females pregnant. The operation will be performed by your vet, with your cat being under general anaesthetic.
You'll likely be able to drop off and pick up your cat on the same day. They'll recover quickly from the operation, and your vet will advise on the best care.
Cats Protection recommends that kittens are neutered at four months old or younger, although cats can be neutered at any age.
Why is neutering important? 😸🐾
There are thousands of unwanted cats in the UK already, with many of them finding a place in Cats Protection branches and centres up and down the country.
To ensure all cats have a safe and happy home, one of Cats Protection’s key aims is to champion neutering as a way to keep the cat population under control.
Cats are effective breeders and female cats can get pregnant from a very young age so making sure your kitten is neutered or spayed is particularly important.
Of course, as well as preventing unwanted kittens, neutering your cat has plenty of health benefits too.
Why should I neuter my cat? 🐱🐾
Neutering your female cat, also referred to as having them ‘spayed’, is the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancies. If your cat does become pregnant, this comes with extra responsibility and worry of having to care for her through her pregnancy, birth and then looking after her kittens.
What are the other benefits of neutering? 😸🐾
As well as avoiding pregnancy, neutering your cat can be good for their overall health. For example:
🔸 For female cats, the chance of getting some infectious diseases will be reduced and the likelihood of developing tumours, womb infections and other illnesses is also reduced.
🔸 Neutered male cats are less likely to end up injured from fighting or stray from home. Male cats that are not neutered often appear frustrated if they don’t find a female mate and can spray smelly urine in the house as a way of scent-marking – an appeal to potential female mates.
What is the process for neutering? 🩺🐱
You’ll need to book an initial appointment for the operation. Vets may require the cat to be brought for a check before the operation. The cat will normally be admitted between 8am-10am and able to be picked up that evening.
Effective pain relief means that the process is painless. Many vets operate using an incision on the left side of the cat and will give pain relief injections. Your cat may also come home with some pain relief medication.
Vets usually advise that the cat is kept indoors for a few days after surgery. Your cat may need to wear a lampshade-shaped collar to stop them from chewing their stitches.
What age is best to neuter a cat? 🐱🐾
Kitten neutering is proven to be safe and effective and Cats Protection recommends that your cat is neutered at four months of age or younger. It is important that this is done before the cat begins puberty.
There is no evidence to show that kitten neutering causes growth or urinary problems. Experiences show that kittens resume their normal activities and routines after surgery much more quickly than adult cats.