From around the age of 4 to 8 months, kittens reach sexual maturity and are therefore capable of breeding and producing kittens. Neutering a cat, which is called castration in the male (removal of testes), and spaying the female (removal of the ovaries and uterus) not only prevents unwanted pregnancies occurring, but also curbs unwanted behavioural patterns associated with sexual maturity and reduces the risk of certain diseases
What age do we recommend neutering?
Cats can be neutered from four months of age.
Why do we recommend neutering in cats?
- Population control – it is important to neuter a female cat before she can have kittens.
- Female cats will “call” (come into season and be receptive to the male cat) regularly, about every three weeks during sexually active times of the year. This will attract entire males with the attendant problems of spraying, fighting and caterwauling. Male cats are also more likely to stray and mark their territory with a very pungent smell. Fighting males are likely to spread disease such as FIV and FeLV to other cats and also suffer from fight injuries such as abscesses.
- Female cats which are not neutered, are more likely to suffer infections of the womb (pyometra) late in life and develop mammary tumours.
how long will my cat stay in the vets for this operation?
Your cat will come into the vets in the morning for a general anaesthetic and you will have been given an appointment with an admit nurse who will run through the whole procedure. It is a relatively short operation so they will only be in the surgery for the day. They will be given pain relief before and after the operation and a small meal before they go home.
Cats usually recover from neutering remarkably quickly. They may be a little drowsy for a few hours and it is sensible to try and keep your cat quiet for a couple of days after the operation. You will be given an appointment for a check-up two days after the operation to check everything is all right.
It is important to remember that once a cat has been neutered, there is an increase chance of becoming overweight. Please bring you cat in to see one of our nurses who will weigh and give nutrition advice.