Every year the charity are over-run with kittens and pregnant cats, It is so important to get your cat neutered to prevent unwanted litters and give your cat a happier and healthy life. Why Neuter?
Neutering has many health benefits as well as helping to
reduce the number of unwanted cats in the UK. Neutered male cats are
- Less likely to roam, reducing the risk of them being run over.
- Less likely to fight, reducing the risk of them getting injured.
- Less likely to contract serious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) through fighting.
- Less likely to display territorial behaviour such as spraying.
- Unable to develop tumours of the testicles.
Neutered female cats are:
- Unable to become pregnant and have unwanted litters of kittens.
- Not going to call or wail, as un-neutered queens do when in season.
- Less likely to contract diseases such as FIV and FeLV spread by bites.
- Unable to develop cancer of the ovaries or uterus.
- Less likely to develop mammary cancer - especially if neutered under the age of six months.
There are many myths that circulate about neutering. To set the record straight, here are the facts:
- There are around 2.5 milion stray cats living in the UK.
- One un-neutered female cat can be responsible for 20,000 descendents in just five years.
- Cats can become sexually active from just four months old.
- It is not beneficial for a cat to have ‘just one litter’ before being spayed.
- Gestation in cats (the length of pregnancy) is only nine weeks, and a female cat can come into season again just six weeks after giving birth.
- Pregnancy and motherhood are physically very demanding for a cat – repeated pregnancies take their toll.
- Cats will breed with their brothers and sisters.
- A cat can have up to three litters a year with between 3 and 7 kittens in each litter. That can add up to 21 caring homes for Cats Protection to find each year, just for one cat’s kittens!
Please be a responsible pet owner and get your cat neutered.
For information call our neutering helpline on 03000 12 12 12 (option 2)