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Neutering

Every year we are over run with kittens and pregnant cats, so now is the time to get your cat neutered to prevent unwanted litters.

Why Neuter?

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

Neutered male cats are:
  • Less likely to roam, reducing the risk of them being run over.
  • Less likely to fight, reducing the risk of them getting injured.
  • Less likely to contract serious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) through fighting.
  • Less likely to display territorial behaviour such as spraying.
  • Unable to develop tumours of the testicles.

Neutered female cats are:

  • Unable to become pregnant and have unwanted litters of kittens.
  • Not going to call or wail, as un-neutered queens do when in season.
  • Less likely to contract diseases such as FIV and FeLV spread by bites.
  • Unable to develop cancer of the ovaries or uterus.
  • Less likely to develop mammary cancer - especially if neutered under the age of six months.

Neutering facts

There are many myths that circulate about neutering. To set the record straight, here are the facts:

  • There are around 2.5 milion stray cats living in the UK.
  • One un-neutered female cat can be responsible for 20,000 descendents in just five years.
  • Cats can become sexually active from just four months old.
  • It is not beneficial for a cat to have ‘just one litter’ before being spayed.
  • Gestation in cats (the length of pregnancy) is only nine weeks, and a female cat can come into season again just six weeks after giving birth.
  • Pregnancy and motherhood are physically very demanding for a cat – repeated pregnancies take there toll.
  • Cats will breed with their brothers and sisters.
  • A cat can have up to three litters a year with five or six kittens in each litter. That adds up to 18 caring homes for Cats Protection to find each year, just for one cat’s kittens!

Please be a responsible pet owner and get your cat neutered.