Cat care advice

Caring for your cat
If you are new to owning a cat or completely baffled by your long-term feline friend cat-care queries, read more on the national Cats Protection website > Cat care. From advice leaflets on numerous topics to frequently asked questions and a glossary, we're here to help you learn more about your cat.

The benefits of neutering
Neutering your male and female kitten and cat is a simple thing, and we can help with the cost. It is far more expensive to feed a pregnant cat and her kittens than to pay for her to be spayed. One female can have up to three litters in a year.

Did you know that Cats Protection can help with the cost by providing neutering vouchers which covers the full cost of the procedure?

Neutered cats live longer and healthier lives. Males are less likely to roam, fight and mark their territory with urine (spraying). This will cut the risk of them being run over or getting hurt in fights. This improves their chances of avoiding serious diseases like feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) which are transmitted by cat bites and reproductive activity.

For females, the obvious benefit is no unwanted pregnancies. It is NOT beneficial for a female cat to have a litter before spaying - this is a myth. Spayed female cats will also not call and wail during their sexual cycle and will be less likely to catch diseases spread by bites and reproductive activity.

From the age of four months is ideal for both males and females as this is when they can become sexually active. But if your cat is older, then it's never too late as cats can be neutered at any age.

The procedure
Your cat will need an anaesthetic but the procedure is very simple. You will usually be able to drop off your pet and pick him or her up on the same day. Females will have a small shaved area but the fur will grow back in a couple of weeks. They will also have stitches which will either be dissolvable or need to be taken out by the vet around ten days later. Cats usually recover very quickly. Your vet will be able to advise you on your individual cat.

FREE NEUTERING is available to all residents of SE London postcodes (except SE9*)

Providing you live in a SE London postcode,
Cats Protection Blackheath & Deptford can provide neutering vouchers which cover the full cost neutering your cat/cats at any veterinary practice.  Our vouchers are not means tested - anyone can have as many vouchers as they need, regardless of income.

Call us on 020 8853 8666 to claim your free neutering vouchers - you will need to give your name, address and telephone number and let us know which vet you will be using.

*SE9 is covered by Cats Protection Eltham & Sidcup branch.