Why you should neuter your cat - male or female

Torbay Weekly

Female cats can come into their first season (calling) when they are as young as four months.

You will know they are in season, by the incessant wailing and calling, and their amorous antics!

They can be mated to many males – which will also be hanging around your home being noisy and spraying – scent marking and fighting with other ‘toms’.

Cats can have difficult births, especially if they are young, and kitten mortality is high.

Many complications can occur. She may well reject the kittens, which means weeks of hand rearing – day and night usually every two-three hours.

Un-neutered female cats can also suffer from pyometra, which is a womb disease. This can be fatal. They are also prone to many infections from the un-castrated males and can get gravely injured.

It is a falsehood that cats ‘need’ to have ‘just one litter’.

You can get your female cat spayed at 12 weeks old, if their weight is sufficient.

Meanwhile, male cats become sexually active at about four-six months.

They will display behaviour such as wailing and fighting other males for territory. The spray they produce is unpleasant.

Uncastrated males spread disease, such as FIV through fighting, they quite often get lost, need to survive and become hungry and injured, cannot find their way home and end up living a life of misery.

Working for a rescue, I have seen some poor cats in dreadful states, rescued too late to save them, many must be PTS to prevent further suffering.

Male cats can be neutered at 12 weeks. And it is a quite simple operation.

We get many calls every year whereby people who thought their cat would have just on litter, encounter terrible issues, such as breech birth, aborted kittens, mummified kittens, kittens where the mother is just too young or weak to care for them, or where she needs urgent vet treatment to save her or the kittens' lives.