Spaying and castration has many health and behavioural benefits – as well as preventing any unexpected new arrivals!

Neutering is a surgical procedure which removes the reproductive organs of cats.

A female cat is spayed, and her uterus and ovaries are removed. A male cat is castrated, where his testes are removed.

As well as helping to reduce the number of unwanted cats, neutering has many health benefits.

Male cats:

● are less likely to roam, reducing the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident.

● are less likely to fight, reducing the risk of injuries.

● are less likely to contract a serious disease such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) or feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) from fighting.

● are less likely to display territorial marking behaviour such as spraying.

● won’t develop tumours of the testicles.

Female cats:

● are unable to get pregnant and have unwanted litters of kittens.

● will not vocalise as entire queens do when in season.

● are less likely to fight and contract diseases such as FIV and FeLV spread by fighting.

● are less likely to develop mammary cancer – especially if neutered under the age of six months.

Cats Protection offers vouchers to subsidise the cost of neutering. For more information contact your local branch via

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