World Spay Day 2021
17 February 2021
We've joined forces with 8 of the UK's other animal welfare charities to promote World Spay Day on 23 Feb. We do this every year to help spread the message to owners to get their cats neutered.
Neutering or spaying is an operation to prevent female cats from getting pregnant, and male cats from making female cats pregnant.
While we all love kittens, recent research has shown that 70% of kitten litters in the UK are unplanned. So our advice is simple: if you can, book your cat in for neutering at 4 months old. Kittens can get pregnant from a young age and may also mate with their siblings.
Neutering also has other health benefits for your cat. It can help protect them against other diseases and some cancers, as well as the risks for female cats that are associated with pregnancy. Neutered male cats are less likely to end up straying far from home or fighting, and they are also less likely to spray urine in the house.
We know that neutering has a cost involved so we have a scheme in Manchester and Salford to help with the cost for people on low incomes. To find out if you are eligible, visit our neutering page
Unfortunately the coronavirus crises has affected vets too, so it's important to check with them for the availability of neutering appointments. You can find further advice on avoiding your cat getting pregnant while waiting for an appointment on our World Spay Day 2021 page.