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Cat advice: neutering or spaying your pet

Being a responsible cat owner means having your pet neutered

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It's the right thing to do

At Vets4Pets, we strongly recommend that you have your cat neutered – often called ‘spaying’ in female cats – once it reaches about four months old. It is a routine operation that will stop it breeding, but not only does it help prevent unwanted kittens being born, it also has a number of other benefits for your cat’s health and behaviour.

Benefits for females

Having your female cat spayed helps reduce the risk of various cancers, even removing the risk of your cat getting some of them. If your cat isn’t spayed, she could get pregnant and have kittens – an unexpected and unwelcome expense – and you may also find she makes an unpleasant calling sound throughout the night while she is in season. Once your cat is spayed, she is unlikely to wander as far, and that helps make sure you don’t lose her.

Benefits for males

It is important to stop unwanted kittens being born, and by having your male cat neutered, you will prevent him making another cat pregnant. However, that’s not the only benefit. After your cat has had ‘the snip’, he is less likely to spray strongly-smelling urine to mark his territory or wander far from home in search of females. He is also likely to be much less aggressive, which means fewer fights and injuries.

Easy to arrange

Neutering or spaying cats is one of the most common procedures that we carry out at Vets4Pets. Simply contact us to make an appointment, drop your cat off with us on the day of the operation and then collect them later that afternoon. Although they shouldn’t have any breakfast that day, it’s fine to let them drink water.