We recommend you neuter your cat if you do not intend to breed from it. There are many advantages to neutering your cat, the most important of which is an increased life expectancy.
The operation is called a cat spay. Your cat will be in the clinic for just the day. Under general anaesthetic an incision is made in the side of her abdomen, the ovaries and uterus are removed and the wound is stitched. Pain relief is provided. We advise that she is kept in the house the night after surgery. Most cats are acting normally again by the next day. We check her ten days after surgery.
The Benefits of Spaying your Cat
- She cannot become pregnant leading to unwanted kittens.
- She will have less chance of mammary (breast) cancer. Although less common than in dogs breast cancer is more likely to be malignant in cats and, therefore, fatal. Early neutering can prevent this disease.
- She will not develop pyometra – an infection of the uterus which becomes full of pus. Toxins are released into the blood stream, making the cat extremely ill.
- She will not come into season. When cats do come in season they can behave strangely, crying out, arching the back and tumbling around on the floor.
When to Spay
We recommend spaying at five to six months of age. If you have an entire male in the house, or are letting your cat out, then the earlier age is preferred. We are also a Cats Protection ‘early neutering’ practice and will spay cats younger if required.
Frequently asked questions
I want my cat to have one litter so that she matures. Is this a good idea?
Times matures your cat. Having a litter does not.
Will my cat pull her stiches out?
We usually put dissolvable stitches under the skin, leaving nothing outside to irritate your cat. If you should notice her licking at the wound please phone us and we can provide a buster collar.
The operation is called a cat castration. Under general anaesthesia two incisions are made in the cat’s scrotum and both testicles are removed. The wounds are left open: there are no stitches. Pain relief is given. We advise that you keep your cat in the night after the surgery. Most cats will be acting normally by the next morning.
The Benefits of Castrating your Cat
- Reduction of unwanted litters. You have no control over how many litters your cat sires. The responsible action, therefore, is to have your cat neutered.
- Entire male cats are much more likely to fight than neutered males. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) which is similar to HIV, is spread by fighting and infection results in the cat developing Feline AIDS, which is fatal. Even if a cat is lucky enough to avoid FIV he will likely suffer from abscesses if he fights, which can be debilitating and expensive.
- Stopping urine spraying. Entire male cats mark their territory by urinating on it. This will include your house
- Reduced chances of him being lost or involved in a road traffic accident. A neutered cat is less likely to travel the long distances an entire male will make when seeking out females.
When to Castrate
We recommend castrating cats at five to six months of age. We are also a Cat’s Protection ‘early neutering’ practice and will castrate cats younger if required.
Frequently asked Questions
My cat is very timid and I’m worried that the other cats in the neighbourhood will pick on him if I have him castrated?
He is more likely to get into fights if you don’t have him castrated. The other cats will think of him as less of a threat if he is neutered and are less likely to attack him.
I want my cat to get that chunky male look that I see in uncastrated toms. Can I not wait until he is older before having him castrated?
You risk your cat spraying in your house and catching FIV if you wait to have him castrated.