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All pet cats are neutered, unless intended for breeding.
Neutering in the male is called castration, and 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?
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 their tendency to exhibit such traits.
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 form abscesses, or life threatening untreatable 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 have seasons for most of the year.Each season lasts 3 - 4 weeks and starts with her showing a behaviour known as “calling”. This can be distressing to owners as it sounds as though she is in pain. She will become desperate 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 at 4 - 6 months of age.
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, and so there may be a tendency to put on weight if the same quantity of food is given. However, a reduction of food intake, or a light diet, will easily control this. One of our healthcare nursing team would be happy to discuss any queries with you.
• There are many health advantages for a female cat to be spayed as well as eliminating unwanted litters
• There are many health and behaviour al advantages for a male cat to be castrated
• Neutered cats are prone to weight increase, regulate their diet accordingly to avoid obesity
Treatment of sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of our work, but we are great believers in preventative medicine.