Neutering for Cats

At what age should I have my cat neutered?
It is important to have your cat spayed around six months old, after they have completed their primary vaccinations. Many people don't realise that a kitten can get pregnant when she is a kitten herself and 85% of litters are unplanned. It is quite safe to neuter older cats too.

What is neutering?
Neutering means surgically preventing pets from reproducing. In males, the operation is called castration and in females it's called spaying.
With castration both testicles are removed which takes away the main source of the male hormones testosterone. With spaying, both the ovaries and the uterus are removed which means the female is unable to become pregnant.

What's involved in the process?
Both operations are carried out under general anaesthetic. Because it involves surgery, there will be some discomfort but mosts cats are up and about just a few hours after they've had their operation

Why should I get my cat neutered?
There are lots of good reasons why it is a good idea. Here are just a few:

For male cats:
Neutering reduces their chances of catching feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), an incurable disease similar to HIV in humans which is spread by saliva usually from bite wounds during fights.  Unneutered cats that are confined can become frustrated and may try an escape route - including out of your top window.  Neutering cats reduces their urge to roam and fight so they're less likely to go missing, get hit by a car, or get hurt .

For female cats:
Spaying cats, especially if it's done when they are young, greatly reduces the risk of them getting breast cancer and infection of the womb (called pyometra). Both of these can be fatal.  Pregnancy and birth can carry significant risks to a cat.

For you:
A female cat can produce up to six kittens, three times a year. That's a lot of mouths to feed.  It can be very stressful trying to make sure your cat doesn't get pregnant and if she does, you've got the worry of caring for her through her pregnancy, birth and rearing her litter. Then you have the challenge of finding good homes for the kittens.  Female cats that aren't spayed can often attract a queue of unwelcome vocal tomcats to your home, who tend to urine mark their terrority, including your house, with a powerful and unpleasant scented urine.

For cat-kind:
Unfortunately thousands of unwanted cats have to be put to sleep every year because there are too many unwanted animals and not enough welcoming homes for them. You can help by getting your cat neutered.

Some people say that neutering my cat will change their character
Neutering should only take away some of the undesirable behaviour - roaming, mounting, fighting or spraying urine.

Are there any risks involved?
This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, any anaesthetic carries a slight risk to the patient, these risks may be increased if your cat is old or ill or has any underlying conditions that we may not know about. Risks are minimised by the use of up to date anaesthetic drugs that minimise side effects to the patient and a full health check by the vet prior to anaesthesia.
Pre anaesthetic blood testing (optional), veterinary nurse assistance throughout the procedure to after-care, and cardiac and respiratory monitors from induction to recovery all help to minimise risks.

What happens on the day?
Your cat will be admitted to the surgery early in the morning for the day. A health check will be performed by the vet and blood sample taken if requested. Once the blood results are checked a pre medication drug will be given to relax your cat and prepare it for the anaesthetic. The operation will be performed between 10 am and 2pm normally, although any emergency procedures that arrive that day will take priority. Your cat will be observed throughout recovery and kept in to rest, you will be asked to telephone to be given details of when to collect your cat.

If you want any further information or would like to book an appointment for your pet, please call the surgery and we can arrange this for you.