There are already a lot of unwanted kittens out there struggling to find homes. Desexing your cat will prevent unexpected pregnancies or surprise additions to your animal family.
For a female cat the procedure is known as a spey. For a male it is a castration.
More about cat speys:
What is a cat spey?
A spey (ovariohysterectomy) is the complete removal of the uterus (womb) and both ovaries of a female (queen) cat. This is done under general anaesthetic.
After your cat is speyed:
- Pregnancy is impossible.
She will not attract unwanted attention from tom cats as she will not come into season.
She will not suffer from uterine infections (pyometra).
She will not wander looking for a mate when in season.
When to spey?
We usually spey kittens between 5-6 months of age.
More about cat castration:
What is a cat castration?
Castration is the complete removal of both of a male (tom) cat's testicles. This is done under general anaesthetic via two small incision in the scrotum.
When a male cat reaches sexual maturity at 6-8 months he may start to wander, potentially upsetting the neighbours, bullying their cats, and putting himself at risk of being hit by a vehicle.
Entire (uncastrated) tom cats get into more fights which can result in injuries such as bites, scratches, eye damage, and abscesses. Cats that fight are also at a far greater risk of catching feline AIDS (FIV).
An uncastrated cat will usually mark (urine spray) their own homes as well as their neighbours', resulting in a very unpleasant smell that is hard to eradicate.
A small percentage of castrated cats will continue to have some urine marking bahaviour, but the urine itself will be much less offensive smelling.
Castration may stop competition for females and territorial behaviour, however it will not stop a tom cat's natural instincts to hunt or defend himself.
The main advantage of castrating your cat or kitten is the prevention of unwanted pregnancies.
There are a lot of unwanted cats and kittens out there that are already desperately struggling to find homes.
When to castrate?
We usually castrate kittens between 5-6 months of age.