One of the most important things you can do for your cat is to get him/her neutered. Unneutered toms are more likely to wander away, get into fights and contract injuries or life-threatening diseases (such as FIV or FeLV) this way, and spray in and outside the home. Unneutered females are also more at risk or getting diseases and injuries during mating, will attract tom cats to your house, and are more likely to get cancer of the ovaries or uterus. One unneutered female can be responsible for 20,000 descendants in just five years!
Cats can become sexually active from 4 months old, and a female can come into season again very soon after giving birth. Repeated pregnancies can be physically demanding, and a female can have up to 3 litters a year.
Also, please note - it is an old wives' tale that it is beneficial for a cat to have one litter before being neutered and they can mate with brothers and other related males - inbreeding can lead to health and psychological problems in the kittens.
We run a neutering voucher scheme if you can't afford to get your cat neutered - this will pay at least some of the cost, and sometimes it is free.
Please ring us on 01557-339233 if you have a kitten or cat over 4 months old and you would like some help with the cost of neutering - we will be delighted to help!