Neutering my Cat

If you do not intend breeding from your cat we recommend that that they are neutered at 5- 6 months of age.


The advantages for female cats include:

  1. It prevents your cat coming into heat.

  2. It prevents unwanted pregnancies and unwanted litters.

  3. Early neutering significantly reduces the chances of your cat developing mammary cancers. 80% of feline mammary tumors are malignant.                                                                                                                               

  4. Neutering reduces the risk of uterine infections.


The advantages for male cats include:

  1. Neutering reduces fighting behaviour by over 80%, significantly reducing cat bite abscesses, as well as reducing the risk of feline AIDS infection.

  2. Neutering also significantly reduces male urine marking behaviour.

  3. Neutering of males make them less likely to stray.


What happens when I leave my cat at the surgery for this procedure?

Your cat will have a pre-operative check, and will be pre medicated with a sedative and painkiller so they donít feel any pain or discomfort. They will then undergo general anaesthesia and surgery will be performed.


In female cats spaying is the surgical removal of the catís ovaries and womb. Abdominal surgery will be performed during which the ovaries and the womb will be removed. The abdominal muscles and the skin are then stitched.


In male cats neutering/castration involves the removal of both testes through an incision in the scrotum.


Your cat will stay in the clinic all day and usually go home that evening. Although sometimes we may decide to keep them in overnight if they have not fully recovered from the anaesthetic.  


What do I need to do when I take my cat home?

Post operative care is similar to that for any routine major surgery.

Exercise must be restricted for a few days to allow the wound to heal. We will need to check your cat and remove any stitches 14 days after the operation.

Specific instructions will be given to you when you collect your cat regarding revisits and medication.

Sometimes a special collar has to be worn for a few days to prevent licking of the wound.


Are there any dangers associated with the operation?

Neutering is a routine operation but it is still major surgery and requires a general anaesthetic.  Risk cannot be discounted entirely although with modern anaesthetics and surgical procedures this should not be a cause for concern when balanced against the advantages.


Please contact us to discuss neutering your cat.