Over the past few years the cat and kitten situation has boomed, with explosions of kittens every year. With more and more unwanted cats and kittens coming to us for re-homing all year round, we are finding it very difficult to control the Island's cat population. Our aim is to reduce the amount of unwanted animals, and the most effective and humane way to do this is through neutering. Every cat that comes into our care is neutered or spayed (if not already done); our kittens are neutered at 10 weeks old before they leave for new homes.
- There are around 2.5 million stray cats living in the UK
- One un-neutered female cat can be responsible for 20,000 descendants 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 five or six kittens (sometimes more) in each litter. That adds up to at least 18 caring homes for Cats Protection to find each year, just for one cats kittens!
Neutering also has many health benefits
Neutered male cats are:
- Less likely to roam, reducing the risk of them being run over and also going missing
- Less likely to fight, reducing the risk of them getting injured
- Less likely to contract serious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) or feline leukaemia virus (FeLV)
- Less likely to display territorial behaviour such as spraying
- Unable to develop tumours of the testicles
Neutered female cats are:
- Unable to get 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 or 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
Looking for financial assistance or help and advice?
Our designated national Cats Protection Neutering phone line is offering advice to owners, as well as neutering vouchers for those in need of financial assistance. These vouchers can be used when vet practices are fully operational again.
Find out more about getting your cat or kitten neutered
Call 03000 12 12 12 (option 2)