Cat Neutering

Cat neutering or spaying is a crucial aspect of being a responsible pet owner. Not only is it an effective way to reduce the number of unwanted cats in the UK, but it also has many other benefits for both the cat and the owner.

What is neutering?

Neutering is a surgical procedure performed by a veterinarian to remove reproductive organs.

For females, the surgical procedure is called ‘spaying’ and it involves removing the ovaries and sometimes the uterus.

For males, we call this castration, and the procedure involves removing the testicles.

The primary goal of cat neutering is to prevent unwanted pregnancies and reduce the likelihood of health issues associated with the reproductive organs.

What is involved in a neutering operation?

Neutering is a routine procedure for veterinarians across the UK. When spaying female cats, a small incision is made in the abdominal area to remove the ovaries and, if necessary, the uterus. For male cats, the incision is made in the scrotum to remove the testicles.

Both surgeries are performed under general anaesthetic for a pain-free procedure.

When to neuter a cat?

The best age to neuter a cat depends on the gender and any individual circumstances.

At Aldgate Vets, we recommend neutering between the ages of four and six months old.

Some cat owners prefer to wait until the cat reaches sexual maturity, however it’s crucial to discuss the timings with us to determine to best course for your feline friend.

The health benefits of neutering cats

Neutering your cat can have many health benefits. For females, spaying reduces the risk of uterine infections, mammary tumours, and eliminates the possibility of ovarian and uterine cancers.

In males, castration lowers the risk of testicular cancer and helps prevent certain behavioural issues related to mating instincts.

How long will it take for my cat to recover?

Recovery time after neutering is relatively short. Most cats can return home the same day as their surgery. Make sure you prepare a quiet and comfortable space to rest for your cat to rest for a few days.

Cat neutering aftercare is important, and we will provide post-operative instructions. These instructions will include limiting physical activity, monitoring the area where the incision was made and any information regarding prescribed medications.

Will my cat’s behaviour change after neutering?

Neutering can lead to positive changes in your cats’ behaviour. After spaying, female cats may become better behaved than when they’re in season. They can become less vocal and stop any unwanted behaviours such as spraying.

After castration, male cats can become more relaxed and affectionate. They’re less likely to start fighting with other cats, which can make them susceptible to picking up viruses spread by biting.

Behavioural changes all depend on individual responses, and it may take some time after surgery to recognise these changes.

When is it too late to neuter a cat?

We recommend neutering your cat before they reach sexual maturity. However, it’s never too late to get your cat neutered. Even older cats’ benefit from the procedure, whether it’s to prevent unwanted pregnancies or improve their overall health.

Come chat to us about the timings for your cat and we’ll help determine the best approach for your cats needs.

We believe that cat neutering is a responsible and beneficial choice for all cat owners. By understanding the procedure, timings, and aftercare, you can make an informed decision that will positively impact your cat’s life and strengthen the bond between you and your beloved cat.

If you have any more questions, or would like to get your cat booked in, contact us today.

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