Neutering

We recommend that all cats are neutered at a young age unless they are to be used for breeding purposes. It is important to keep queens (female cats) indoors until neutering has been completed as unwanted pregnancies are common and can occur from 4 months onwards. The pros and cons of neutering are listed below so that you can make an informed decision when the time comes:

 

Tom - Castration

PROS CONS

No risk of testicular tumours

 

Reduction of aggressive behaviour towards other cats therefore reducing number of injuries

 

Reduction of inappropriate behaviours (spraying in house, cat calling etc)

 

Reduction of odour

Neutered cats are more prone to obesity

 

Anaesthetic carries minor risk

 

Queens - Spaying

PROS CONS

No risk of unwanted pregnancies

 

No negative behaviours associated with coming into season

 

No risk of uterine tumours

 

No phantom pregnancies (rare)

Neutered queens are prone to obesity

 

Anaesthetic carries minor risk

 

The decision on when to neuter your pet should be made on the advice of your vet.  Queens are usually spayed around 6 months of age. Males are normally neutered around 6 months too but the surgery can be perfomed from 4 months in certain circumstances.