Have Your Cat Neutered Now, Because……..

Neutering your cat is the responsible, caring thing to do. There are many reasons for neutering your cat and none that are of benefit to him or her if you don’t.

FIVFIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukaemia Virus) are both life threatening diseases for cats. Unneutered cats often fight and as these diseases are transmitted via the cat’s saliva, this risk is greatly increased. Cat fights are not for play and cats can become badly injured, sometimes fatally.

A male cat who remains un-castrated, will mark his territory with a very strong smelling urine. This is known as spraying or marking and he will do this inside the house as well as in your and your neighbours gardens. He will also regularly disappear for days or even weeks, very often returning injured, exhausted or ill from untreated wounds. Most cats that are killed in the road are uncastrated males.

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A neutered cat is less likely to get into fights with other cats, as they are far less likely to aggressively defend their territory and are more likely to stay close to home. This of course not only keeps your cat safer, but also makes him or her a better pet.

A healthy female cat can have kittens from the age of 6 months and can have up to 3 litters each year. With an average number of between 4 and 6 kittens per litter that soon adds up! It is completely untrue that a female cat should be allowed to have a litter of kittens before P1020308being spayed. In fact, as a cat has no expectation of motherhood, there is absolutely no benefit to her in having a litter.  

It is worth remembering that:

  • Cats are polyestrous; they come into heat early in the year and continue to cycle in and out, every three weeks, until they are bred.

  • It is not uncommon for un-spayed cats to suffer from ovarian cysts and uterine infections due to constantly fluctuating hormone levels.

  • Spaying your cat will reduce the risk of mammary cancer as she ages.

  • Un-spayed cats often call loudly, mark the house with urine, and do everything they can to get out and find a mate. If she does find one, the odds are that she will get pregnant.

Redford, Sundance, Casablanca & FlorentinewsNeutering or spaying your cat will not make him or her fat – this is an old wives tale. Only feeding your cat too much will do this. Some people think that if a cat is neutered it will affect their ability to catch mice – this is also untrue.

Male and female cats should be neutered at around 5 months old (or as advised by your vet). Female cats will have a short stay at the vets, followed by a second visit around 10 days later to remove their stitches. Males cats will experience a very simple, routine operation and brief stay at the surgery. Both operations are done under anaesthetic.

By making sure your cats are neutered, you are far more likely to enjoy a long and happy life together.

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the issues on this page, please contact us on 01580 241632 or email us at info@cats.rolvenden.org.uk.