Neutering - why does it matter

neutered young catThe most important reason is that are simply too many unwanted litters of kittens and not enough good homes to go around. There are unfortunately thousands of unwanted cats and kittens in the UK and neutering is the only effective way to reduce this growing number

In the spring and summer of every year we are inundated with kittens. These are the result of owners not having their cats neutered and then being unable to find homes for the resulting litter. Also stray cats who produce kittens under hedges and in garden sheds etc., are brought to our attention by concerned members of the public

Many feral communities stem from un-neutered pets that either go astray or are left unwanted that go on to produce several generations of cats and kittens. The life of a feral cat is hard, with little food, competition from other males, and females having up tos everal litters of kittens a year

From the age of 6 months a healthy domestic female cat can have up to 3 litters a year with 5 or 6 kittens per litter. That adds up to 18 good homes to find a year because of just one un-neutered cat. So owners who do not neuter their cats may unwittingly contribute to cats being abandoned in the future

Cats Protection can help with the cost of neutering. Click here to find out more

To watch Cats Protection's video about neutering click here