Kitten and Cat Neutering

Neutering of pets can be a very emotive topic with a pet owner being bombarded with lots of advice, some more accurate than others, and we can help you make the right decision for your pet and his or her situation.

Download our Kitten Neutering Information Sheet here

Male Neutering/Castration
Male neutering or castration involves the surgical removal of the testicles. We usually perform this at around 4 months to a year old though it can obviously be done at any age if needs be.

After the castration operation your nurse or vet will advise on care for your pet in both the short term and longer term.

What are the benefits of neutering a male cat?

The castration of male cats is performed for both behavioural and health reasons

  • Behavioural benfits include reducing antisocial behaviours such as aggression or high sex drive
  • Reduces the risk of running away and possibly being hit by a car (the risk of being run over is higher in non-castrated male cats).
  • Health benefits mainly relate to disease of the male reproductive tract, e.g. removing the risk of testicular cancer.
  • Reduced risk of fighting 

 

Female Neutering/ Spay / Ovariohysterechtomy
The neutering operation in female pets is commonly referred to as 'spaying'. In this operation the ovaries and the uterus (or womb) are removed surgically. Clearly this means the female will be unable to have kittens.

What are the benefits of neutering a female cat?

  • Spaying removes the risk of having an unwanted litter
  • it avoids your cat going through a 'season' and attracting male cats which can prove to be a nuisance.  (When cats are not neutered this can happen every 3 weeks in the breeding season of March to October)
  • The risk of life threatening diseases such as cancer of the mammary glands, womb and ovaries is reduced or removed completely, and it removes the risk of pyometra which is a serious condition that can be life threatening.

What is involved in neutering a female cat?
The spaying operation itself is more involved than the male castrate but it is done in such a way as to allow the cat to return to its normal lifestyle in as short a time as possible. Your vet or nurse will advise on care of your pet in the period after the procedure is performed in order than the risk of any complications is minimised.


Overall we believe that unless a cat is to be used for breeding purposes then neutering is strongly recommended. We don't see many cats owned by vets and nurses who aren't neutered.

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