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What is neutering?

Neutering is a surgical procedure which prevents female cats becoming pregnant and a male cat making females pregnant.

• The operation on a female cat is know as spay
• The operation on a male cat is a castrate.

Cat Protection recommend the neutering of domestic cats from four months of age, this will depend on the veterinary practice you use, you should seek advise for each individual cat.

Why neuter?

Neutering has many health benefits, as well as helping to reduce the number of unwanted cats in the UK.

Neutered male cats are:

• Less likely to roam, reducing the risk of being run over.
• Less likely to fight, reducing the risk of injury.
• Less likely to contract serious diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus ( FIV) or Feline leukaemia (FeLV) through fighting and mating
• Less likely to display territorial behaviours such as spraying
• Unable to develop tumours of the testicles.

Neutered female cats are:

• Unable to get pregnant and have unwanted litters of kittens
• Not going to wail or call, as they do when in season.
• Less likely to contract diseases such as FIV and FeLV
• Unable to develop cancer of the ovaries or uterus.
• Less likely to develop mammary tumours – especially if neutered under the age of 6 months.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the operation varies depending on the vet practice you use. The average cost for a male castrate is between £40 and £60 and the average cost for a female spay is between £60 and £80. Your vet will be happy to give you a quote before the operation takes place.

Cats Protection offers financial assistance towards the cost of neutering to those in need. Please however, bear in mind that we are a charity with limited funds.