Neutering advice - Cats Protection
‘At Cats Protection we believe getting your cat neutered is an important action you can take to protect your pet. Neutering your cat will help prevent roaming behaviour which can lead to road traffic accidents. It will also prevent your cat from contracting some serious diseases and some forms of cancer. A female cat doesn’t need to have a litter of kittens before she is neutered. By neutering your cat, you will also be helping to prevent the abandoned cat population’
What is neutering?
Neutering is a surgical operation which stops female cats – queens – from becoming pregnant and male cats – toms – from making females pregnant.
The benefits of neutering
To demonstrate why neutering is so important we have added examples below for both neutered males and neutered females illustrating why this procedure is so beneficial:
Neutered male cats
· Neutered male cats are less likely to get into fights with other cats, which can happen when it comes to defending their territory, especially when stray cats are roaming around
· Reduction in fighting in turn will reduce the risk of them getting injured or contracting serious diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) or Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
· Less likely to spray
· Less likely to wander so reduced likelihood of being in a car accident
· Unable to develop tumours in the testicles
· They are more likely to make better pets and not wander too far from home
Neutered female cats
· Do not wail like unneutered queens, which can disturb owners at night
· Have no pregnancies eliminating the risk of complications (and financial implications) associated with pregnancy or birth, and prevents unwanted kittens becoming the abandoned cats of tomorrow
· In a similar to males, they are less likely to contract FIV and FeLV which is commonly spread by bites and mating behaviour
· Reduces risk of mammary cancer and they cannot get cancer of the ovaries or uterus
When to neuter?
Cats Protection recommends neutering from four months of age or younger, but your cat can be neutered at any age. There are no disadvantages in neutering at a young age, for example from 8 weeks onwards. Please visit our Early Neutering DVD for more information http://www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/neutering/enr
The average cost for a male cat is between £30 and £60 and for females it’s between £40 and £80. Ask your vet for a quote prior to the operation. Cats Protection offers financial assistance to cat owners on benefits or low income in some cases. For more details visit www.cats.org.uk/neutering or phone 03000 12 12 12.
For more information about the operation and neutering in general please visit our Essential Guide cat care leaflet ‘Neutering – Family Planning for Felines’ found at http://www.cats.org.uk/cat-care/care-leaflets. To find a veterinary practice near you who offer earlier neutering, please visit Cats Protection’s website www.cats.org.uk.
This article is intended as a guide only. Always seek the advice of your vet.
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