Neutering a cat is a simple procedure performed under general anaesthetic. The male is a simpler procedure than the female but both are very routine procedures.
Neutering can be done at around the age of 4 to 6 months and is recommended to prevent unwanted litters of kittens or the male running off to find a girlfriend.
Contrary to popular belief, it is actually better to have a cat neutered as soon as possible rather than waiting for it to have kittens before the procedure. There are no health benefits at all to the cat, and of course it reduces unwanted litters.
Neutering early on in the cat’s life can help the cat and the owner bond more due to the cat not being distracted by its hormones. For example, it has been known that cats that were born feral can be more welcoming to humans after they have been neutered.
Unneutered cats will be more likely to:
- Roam to look for a mate and go missing for days
- Spray their territory to defend it
- Become aggressive
- Start more fights in the neighbourhood with other cats
Neutering the cat will reduce all these traits and in many cases eliminate them altogether.
The branch may be able to offer assistance with the costs of neutering your cat if you are on a low income or on benefits.
If you feel you might qualify for assistance with neutering costs, please complete the neutering assistance application form here.