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£5 Winter Neutering Campaign

29 September 2017
£5 Winter Neutering Campaign

Special offer to get your cat neutered for just £5!

York cat owners could save up to £55 for a limited time only on costs towards neutering their family cat, thanks to the York Cats Protection.

On average the cost of neutering a cat is around £60 but all cat owners on state benefits, low incomes or pensioners and students qualify to have their cat neutered for just £5 from October.

The limited time offer is open to all cats over the age of four months through all veterinary practices in York - between Monday 2 October and Friday 8 December.

James Hodgkison, Adoption Centre Manager at the York Cats Protection, said: “Last year we helped around 1,000 people with the cost of neutering their cats and this year we hope to encourage even more. If you qualify for this offer please consider taking this up. As much as we love to support all cats that come into our care, by neutering cats early we can help reduce the number of unwanted or feral cats every year in York.”

For more information about the offer call:

Margaret on 01904 659360 or Gill on 01904 607909

What is neutering?

Neutering is a surgical operation which stops female cats – queens – from becoming pregnant and male cats – toms – from making females pregnant.

• A female cat is spayed – her ovaries and uterus (womb) – are removed • A male cat is castrated – his testicles are removed

Cats Protection generally recommends that kittens are neutered at around four months of age or younger – although your cat can be neutered at any age. Neutering is the best way to deal with the problems of unwanted pregnancies, by preventing the problem in the first place. Neutering also prevents some cancers and infections, reduces straying, fighting and spraying.

When to neuter?

Traditionally, cats were neutered from six months of age. However, current scientific data indicates that there are no disadvantages in neutering at a younger age – for example, from eight weeks onwards. As kittens can reach sexual

maturity and breed from four months, Cats Protection generally recommends that kittens are neutered at around four months of age or younger. ‘

Why neuter?

Neutering has many health benefits, as well as helping to reduce the number of unwanted cats in the UK.

Unneutered – ‘entire’ – male cats:

• are more likely to end up injured or catch diseases from fighting, with subsequent suffering and vet bills

• routinely travel a large territory of many miles in search of unneutered females, risking road accidents and injury and meaning you miss the contact of having a pet cat

• will spray smelly urine to mark territory and attract females

• are at risk of tumours of the testicles

• are not better hunters than unneutered cats, as hunting is not a sexual behaviour

• may experience a high level of stress akin to frustration if unable to find a mate

Conversely, neutered male cats:

are less likely to roam, reducing the risk of them suffering from car accidents

• are less likely to fight which reduces the risk of them getting injured or contracting serious diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) or Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)

• are less likely to spray

• are unable to develop tumours of the testicles

• make better pets and are more likely to be ‘homebodies’

Unneutered – entire – female cats:

• frequently become pregnant from four months of age

• will often have litters of kittens three times a year. This adds to the overpopulation problem and increases costs for the owner, especially if there are complications during pregnancy or birth

• will call and wail every three weeks during the breeding season – January to August – to attract a mate, until they become pregnant

• are more likely to contract diseases spread through sexual contact and mating behaviour

• are at risk of cancers of the ovaries, uterus and mammary glands, as well as developing pyometra, a serious infection of the womb

Conversely, neutered female cats:

• won’t become pregnant, so there will be no expense associated with litters of kittens • do not call or wail as unneutered queens do – so less disturbed sleep for the owner and neighbours!

• are less likely to contract diseases such as FIV and FeLV spread by bites and mating behaviour

• are unable to develop cancer of the ovaries or uterus. They are also at greatly reduced risk of developing mammary cancer – especially if neutered early

The kittens born following an unplanned pregnancy:

• may be at risk of disease

• cost a lot to look after and be provided with veterinary care – far more than is likely to be recouped from trying to sell them in a market where there are plenty already

• may find themselves homeless

• may deprive another unwanted cat or kitten from finding a new home as there are not enough homes to go round

 How much does it cost?

The cost of the operation varies according to where you live. The average cost for a male cat is between £30 and £60 and the average cost for a female cat is between £40 and £80. Your vet will be happy to give you a quote before the operation takes place and we recommend phoning a number of veterinary practices.

 Find a vet to neuter your cat

While almost all vets will offer neutering, some do not routinely offer neutering before six months, although the numbers are rapidly increasing thanks to support from groups including the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA). To find a veterinary practice near you which offers earlier neutering, please visit Cats Protection’s website www.cats.org.uk