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.
● 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.
● 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 https://www.cats.org.uk/.