Cats reach reproductive maturity rapidly; we follow the RSPCA and Cats Protection guidelines recommending neutering both female and male cats around four months of age. Spaying a female cat involves removing their ovaries and uterus. Castrating a male cat involves removing both of their testes.
Cat neutering benefits:
- Reduces cat to cat fighting
- Prevention of testicular cancer
- Reduces roaming behaviours
- No risk of unwanted pregnancies
- Reduces spraying
Should I let my cat have one litter before spaying her?
This happens to be a common question, and there are no known health benefits to letting your cat have a litter; this is also the same for dogs and rabbits.
General anaesthesia before cat neutering
Your pet requires a general anaesthetic for cat neutering; here at (practice name), we have measures in place to ensure their safety during the procedure. A dedicated Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) will monitor your pet throughout their surgery and recovery. All anaesthesia comes with some form of risk; however, these are very low, especially neutering, as pets are often young, fit, and healthy when having this procedure. Risk levels of anaesthesia increase with a pet’s age, certain breeds and if your pet has any underlying health conditions. We can perform a pre-anaesthetic blood test before your pet’s surgery to detect any underlying illnesses; this can be discussed when booking in for the procedure and on the day of their surgery. Your pet will receive a premedication to relax them and will also receive two types of pain relief. Rest assured that the Alder Vets team will be with your pet every step of the way.
Your Cat will stay the day with us
On admission, we will discuss the procedure and go through the consent form. Please note we must gain a signature from the registered owner (over 18) or authorised agent on the consent form. Your cat will be admitted as a ‘day patient’, and they will be discharged later that day once our team are happy with how your pet has recovered. During your pet’s discharge appointment, the team will go through everything you need to know about caring for your pet after their surgery and their pain relief medication. We are always at the end of the telephone for you and your pet, so please contact us if you have any further questions once you have your pet settled back at home.
Please bring your cat in a secure cat basket with a blanket that smells of home. Cats are territorial creatures who prefer to stay in areas familiar to them; click here to read how you can prepare for travelling to us with your cat.
Book a cat neutering appointment to ensure that your cat is neutered as soon as possible.
What is cat neutering?
Cat or kitten neutering is a short surgical procedure where both testicles are carefully removed. The procedure is performed quickly under general anaesthetic and takes roughly half an hour!
What age can my kitten be neutered?
Kittens become sexually mature at a very young age, so it is usually recommended male cats are neutered from 4 months onwards. However, if you adopt or rescue an older cat the surgery can be performed in adulthood.
What is the recovery time after cat neutering?
After your male cat has been neutered, it will need rest at home for the next few days to ensure proper healing. We usually see that cats return to normal exercise and routine in 5-7 days.
What age can my kitten be spayed?
We recommend at least 2 weeks rest and recovery time is required for females. We will advise you on how best to care for your cat including pain relief and a check-up appointment. It is best to keep them indoors during the recovery period to keep a close eye on them..
What are the benefits of neutering my cat?
Spaying female cats prevents the risk of unwanted pregnancy and phantom pregnancies. Prevents risk associated with mammary tumour and uterus infections. To book in for your pet neutering, please contact the practice directly to make an appointment. We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
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