Neutering Cats

Male - from 6 months of age

Female - from 4 months of age

Female cats may come into season at 6 months of age and therefore risk an unwanted pregnancy whilst they are still very young.

 

Castrating Male Cats

Castration is the removal of the testicles to prevent your pet from mating and fathering kittens - it is not reversible! Many un-castrated cats cause problems by being overly dominant or aggressive and may have a tendency to wander or be a nuisance to neighbours. Most un-neutered cats will acquire the characteristic, pungent tom cat smell and spray strong smelling urine around the home and garden.

 

Spaying Female Cats

A spay is an operation performed under general anaesthetic, to remove the uterus (womb) and the ovaries - this is also known as an ovarian hysterectomy. We usually perform a spay through an incision in the cat's flank, you may choose to have a mid-line spay - please ask the vet to explain the pro's and con's of both procedures. Many older cats can develop a uterine infection called pyometra. The uterus becomes infected and releases toxins into the body which can damage the kidneys and other organs. The infection can only be successfully treated by hysterectomy.

 

The Procedure

Like any operation, there is a very small risk with a general anaesthetic - the vet will discuss this with you before you make any decisions. Some cats may gain weight after being neutered, this is easily controlled with diet management. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team; you can even book an appointment to discuss the operation further.