Neutering involves spaying a female pet (removal of the ovaries) or castration of a male pet (removal of both testicles). This removes the source of the sex hormones and is recommended for many reasons in small animals.
Why should I spay my cat?
The Benefits of Spaying include:
- Prevents the female coming into season and so males will not be attracted to them
- Cats are less likely to roam
- The risk of mammary gland tumours, ovarian and /or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated especially if done before the first season
- It also eliminates the risk of pyometra which can be a life threatening infection of the womb and is common in older female dogs that haven’t been spayed
- Prevents unwanted pregnancies.
When should I spay my cat?
Female cats can be neutered from 5 months and ideally not when in season and before access to outdoors.
Why should I castrate my cat?
The benefits of castrating include:
- Reduction of unwanted sexual behaviour (such as spraying and desire to roam in cats)
- For cats, the risk of testicular cancer in castrated animals is eliminated and the risk of prostate disease is reduced
- Reduction in the number of unwanted litters
- It can decrease aggressive behaviour depending on the cause
- Undescended testicles have an increased risk of it becoming cancerous and so it is highly recommended to locate and remove the un-descended testicle at an early age.
When should I castrate my cat?
We recommend from 5 months and older. We advise that cats should be castrated before being let outside.
How long will it take my cat to recover?
Neutering procedures are carried out between Monday - Friday. Recovery at home from the anaesthetic normally only takes a day or so but the wound can take up to around 10 days to fully heal so restricted exercise during this time is recommended. The necessary follow up checks and pain relief are included.
Feel free to book in to speak to a nurse or vet to discuss neutering and to answer any questions you may have.