Advice on Neutering Your Cat

All cats should be neutered unless intended for breeding.

What is neutering?

Neutering is the surgical removal of the sex organs. In the male, this is called castration, and simply involves removing both testicles. In the female, the operation is commonly called spaying, and both ovaries and the womb are removed.

Why is it good to neuter your male cat?

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Some problematic behavioural traits may, in part, be linked to male hormones. These include aggressive, hyper-sexual and territorial behaviour, including spraying - all of which may be unacceptable in a home environment. Castration of cats has been shown to reduce the tendency of them to exhibit such traits. Entire male cats tend to wander over an extended territory, for long periods thus increasing their chance of road traffic accidents.

Un-castrated male cats tend to spray urine indoors and are also more likely to fight with other cats. Serious wounds may be inflicted and received, and serious diseases (e.g. Feline Leukaemia, Feline Aids) transmitted.

 

Why is it good to neuter your female cat?

Apart from the obvious advantage of preventing unwanted litters, a female cat will stay in season for most of the year, starting with her showing a behaviour known as “calling“. This can be distressing to owners as it sounds as though she is in pain. She may become anxious to get out of the house to find a mate, increasing the risk of road traffic accidents and unwanted pregnancies.

When should the operation be performed?

Neutering cats of both sexes is usually performed from 5 months.

Are there any disadvantages of neutering?

Neutering is a surgical procedure and involves an anaesthetic. In a young healthy animal, the risk associated with this anaesthetic is minimal. Neutered animals have a reduced metabolic rate, with an increased appetite and so there may be a tendency to put on weight if the same quantity of food is given. However, nutrition companies have taken this into account and produced diets that cats need to be changed onto post neutering. One of our healthcare nursing team would be happy to discuss any queries with you.