Cat Neutering

Cat neutering is a routine surgical procedure regularly performed at the practice.

As well as preventing unwanted pregnancies, neutering also helps prevent many illnesses and can reduce territorial behaviours. Unless you are intending to breed your cat, we strongly recommend that you have them neutered from a young age.

Female cats reach puberty at around 7 months old, but they can start to attract attention from tomcats as young as 4 months old. We normally advise that female kittens are neutered from 6 months to prevent unwanted litters. However, neutering can be performed at any stage in your cat’s life, even if she is pregnant.

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that it is beneficial for a cat to carry a litter before they are spayed.

What does spaying involve?

Neutering is a surgical procedure which involves the complete removal of your cat’s ovaries and uterus. We request that all female cats visit the practice for a free pre-operation check over with the vet beforehand to ensure that they are healthy and fit to go ahead with the operation. Following this check, we will book your cat to return for the operation.

We perform all operations first thing in the morning. This is to make certain that your pet is recovering and well enough to return home with you that same evening.

On arrival, your cat will be premeditated with sedatives and painkillers. A general anaesthetic is administered for the duration of the operation.

The Veterinary Surgeon will make a  small incision on either the cats’ side (the flank) or the centre of their abdomen. After the removal of the ovaries and uterus, stitches will be used to seal the incision and promote healing.

Your cat should be well enough to return home in the evening after the operation. We recommend that she is kept in a calm and comfortable environment and restricted to house rest for at least 10 days. The Veterinarian who performs the surgery will advise on post-operative care and stitch removal following surgery.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of spaying my cat?

No pet owner likes the idea of putting their loved ones through major surgery however, we do recommend that all owners of female cats consider neutering because the benefits to your cat far outweigh the risks involved.

Advantages

  • No possibility of pregnancy.
  • Protection from infections in the uterus as well as prevention of uterine and ovarian cancers.
  • Cat neutering has been found to reduce the risk of your cat developing breast cancer later in life.
  • Likelihood of developing unwanted ‘calling’ behaviours diminished

Disadvantages

  • Neutering your cat involves major surgery which always comes with a level of risk, particularly with anaesthetic and post-surgical infection.
  • Neutering your cat can cause weight gain, as she tends to burn calories less efficiently and store more energy as fat. However, feeding your cat a healthy balanced diet and allowing her to get plenty of exercise will counteract this. Our veterinary team will be able to advise you if you have concerns about your cat’s weight.
  • Some breeds of cats, such as Siamese, can have the hair around the incision site grow back noticeably darker than before, but this usually grows out with moulting as the hair is replaced.

Male cats reach puberty between the ages of 8 and 9 months at which point they can develop certain undesirable behaviours, such as spraying and increased aggression. For this reason, we recommend that all male cats not intended for breeding be castrated.

What does cat castration involve?

Castration is a surgical procedure that involves the complete removal of your cat’s testes. It is a routine day operation that is over very quickly and is one of the least invasive surgeries performed at the practice.

We perform all operations first thing in the morning. This is to make certain that your pet is recovering and well enough to return home with you that same evening.

When they arrive, your cat will be premeditated with sedatives and painkillers. A general anaesthetic is administered for the duration of the operation.

The Veterinary Surgeon will incise the cats’ scrotum to remove the testes. Once complete, there is no need for stitches as the wound will heal naturally.

Your cat should be well enough to return home that same evening. We recommend that he is kept calm and comfortable at home and kept indoors for at least 2 days. The Veterinarian who performs the surgery will advise on post-operative care and stitch removal following surgery.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of castrating my cat?

As with female cats we recommend that all owners of male cats consider castration because the benefits far outweigh the risks involved. If you have concerns you should give us a phone to discuss further with a member of the team.

Advantages of Cat Castration

  • Castrating your male cat from a young age should completely prevent territorial and dominant behaviours from developing, such as spraying urine indoors.
  • Less likely to be involved in territorial fights with other male cats in your area.
  • Less likely to be involved in road traffic accidents while roaming at night in search of female cats.
  • The complete removal of your cat’s testes will mean that they produce less testosterone. This can help with aggression and dominance behaviours at home, while not affecting their personality or spirit.

Disadvantages of Cat Castration

  • Neutering your cat involves surgery which always carries a level of risk, particularly with anaesthetic and post-surgical infection.
  • Neutering your cat can cause weight gain. However, feeding your cat a healthy balanced diet and allowing her to get plenty of exercise will counteract this. Our veterinary team will be able to advise you if you have concerns about your cat’s weight.

 

If you have any further questions or queries, or would like to book your cat in, please give the team a phone on 0141 339 1228.

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