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World Spay Day

22 February 2022
World Spay Day

Today is World Spay Day

Every year, we join forces with a number of animal charities around the UK to help spread the message to owners to get their cats neutered.

Neutering, otherwise known as spaying, ‘fixing’, or ‘being done’ is an operation that prevents female cats from getting pregnant and male cats from making female cats pregnant.

Our latest CATS report indicated that 12% of cats in the UK aren’t neutered.

We’re here to champion neutering your cat as the kindest thing you can do for them.


Here are the main important points as to why you should neuter your cat:

1.    The most important reason is simply that there are too many unwanted litters of kittens. Millions of cats are euthanised each year. Of these animals, 90% would be acceptable for adoption into families. Unfortunately, there are simply not enough families looking for cats to give these animals a good home. A single unspayed female cat can produce three litters a year with an average of four to six kittens a litter!

2.    Unwanted cats that are not adopted are often abandoned and become feral. It is estimated that the feral cat population in UK is as large as the current number of cats that have homes. Feral cats can carry diseases as well as harm the populations of wild rodents and birds. As a result, a large feral cat population can have a damaging effect on the environment. By having your own cat spayed or neutered, you can ensure that your pet will not contribute to this growing problem. Also it is really no fun being a feral cat - life is short, sometimes cruel and you are always hungry! Believe me, it's not wild and free for a feral cat who can suffer under the conditions they have to live in.

3.    Unspayed female cats go into heat several times a year. By spaying your cat, you can prevent several unwanted behaviours including spraying and hours of yowling and you will not have to confine your cat for several weeks out of the year.

4.    Male cats that have not been neutered are also more difficult to care for. Sexually mature male cats often feel a need to mark their territory. Also the mating instincts in unneutered cats cannot be curbed or controlled and often these male cats will wander off for days at a time in search of a female that is in heat. Sometimes when male cats wander they get lost and do not come home. By neutering your cat, you can prevent this. Often full toms wander just a bit too far and cross too many roads to become just another road traffic casualty. If they are not killed outright by a car then they may have wandered so far from home that you are unlikely to find them to do something about their injuries.

5.    It is much better for your cat's health to be spayed or neutered. For example, female cats that are spayed before their first heat will have a much reduced chance of mammary cancer and will be unable to develop pyometra which is a serious uterine condition, both of which are main causes of death in cats. Also an unwanted pregnancy in an already ill or aging cat can be fatal. Male cats who have been neutered have less chance of being injured in fights over females or of developing prostrate problems.

6.    Spayed or neutered cats are often more friendly and affectionate with their owners as they are not so much driven by their instincts. And, as has already been mentioned, there are fewer unwanted behaviours for their owners to contend with. It's much easier to have a good relationship with your cat when you don't have to worry about all of the unfortunate situations that come up after your pet has reached sexual maturity.

7.    Getting your cat spayed or neutered early will save you money in the long run. It can save you money by eliminating the need to replace furniture that has been damaged by a female cat in heat or a male cat marking its territory. Since the procedure is fairly cheap, it may save you a lot of money in future by preventing health problems that might otherwise occur in your pet. Very young female cats who fall pregnant are more likely to be at risk of having to undergo a caesarian, the cost of which can set you back several hundred pounds with no guarantee that mum or the kittens will survive.

How much does it cost to neuter a cat?

The cost of the operation varies depending on the vet practice that you use. However, the average cost to get a male cat neutered is around £40-£80 and the average cost for neutering a female cat is around £50-£100.

How can Cats Protection help with neutering costs?

As the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, we are involved in numerous programmes and work with partner charities such as RSPCA to promote the benefits of neutering.

If you need financial assistance for neutering your cat, Cats Protection may be able to help through our means-tested neutering scheme.

Our current £5 scheme is running in our area, full details can be found here