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The importance of neutering

With thousands of unwanted cats in the UK, one of Cats Protection's key aims is to champion the neutering message. Cats are effective breeders, so making sure your cat is neutered is particularly important. Aside from preventing unwanted kittens, neutering has plenty of health benefits too.

Why should I neuter my cat?

Neutering is the best way to deal with the issue of unwanted pregnancies.

The chance of getting some infectious cat diseases will be reduced. The likelihood of developing tumours, pyometra (life threatening womb infections), testicular cancer, and other illnesses is also reduced.

Unneutered male cats are more likely to end up injured from fighting or stray from home. They can often spray smelly urine to attract mates. Cats can then experience stress from frustration if they don't find one. Neutered males are less likely to roam or fight.

Female cats that haven't been neutered can become pregnant from four months of age. They are also more likely to contract diseases and are at risk of developing infections. Neutering your female cat means there won't be unwanted kittens.

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.

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 in the morning 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. Vets will also give the cat pain relief injections.

Vets usually advise that the cat is kept indoors for a few days after surgery. Your cat may need to wear a lampshade shape collar to stop it from chewing its stitches.

What age to neuter a cat?

Kitten neutering is proven to be safe and effective.

Cats Protection recommend 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 it causes growth or causes urinary problems. Experiences show that kittens resume their normal activities and routines after surgery much more quickly than adult cats.

If you're looking for a kitten neutering vet in your area, look at our register.

Will neutering make make my cat get fat?

Neutered cats need less food after surgery, so you will need to reduce their daily food intake after they are neutered. Neutering doesn’t make cats fat.

How can I receive financial assistance with neutering costs?

As the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, we're involved in a number of programmes and work with partner charities such as PDSA and Dogs Trust as well as authorities to promote neutering. 

Need financial assistance with neutering your cat? We might be able to help through our means-tested neutering scheme. Find out about our campaigns to see if you are eligible, or contact our national neutering team for more information.

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