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Neutering / Spaying your cat

WHY should I have my cat / kitten neutered?
WHEN should I neuter my cat / kitten?

Female cats - the Benefits of spaying
Male cats - the Benefits of neutering

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WHY should I Neuter?

Neutering is the kindest thing a caring owner can do to protect their cat. A female kitten can get pregnant while she’s still a kitten herself, so should be spayed at four months to protect her from an unplanned pregnancy. Around 85% of litters are un-planned! Neutering your male kitten will help keep him safe - ensuring that he doesn't get into constant fights over females, and also that he doesn't feel the urge to wander off in search of a mate. It's all too common for un-neutered males to get lost or killed on the roads, because they haven't been neutered.

Neutering also helps the general cat population; the less un-planned litters there are, the more homes are available for the many cats and kittens in rescue shelters. A simple 'snip' really does show you care!


WHEN should I Neuter?

Kittens should be neutered at 4 months (16 weeks), which is the age they become sexually active. Leaving it later often results in un-planned pregnancies. The old idea of neutering at 6 months is now considered outdated, and 4 months is becoming the 'norm'. Research has shown that there are no adverse risks to spaying at this age, and that recovery times from the operation can in fact be quicker. Adult cats who were not neutered as kittens can be neutered at any age.

Neutering / spaying at 4 months is recommended by the British Veterinary Association, and supported by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, and the major animal welfare groups - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Celia Hammond Animal Trust, International Cat Care, PDSA, the Mayhew Animal Home, RSPCA and Wood Green, the Animal Charity.

Some vets still prefer to wait until a cat is six months old; this is only because that's what they have done for many years. The new recommendation to neuter at four months is gradually becoming part of general practice, and more and more vets are updating their guidelines accordingly. Vets practices who are already neutering at 4 months appear on Cats Protection's Kitten Neutering Vet Database


££ On Low Income? Get Cheaper Neutering...

If you receive benefits, are on a pension or low income, you can get low-cost, and sometimes even free neutering. This can be in the form of neutering vouchers or at subsidised neutering clinics - details below. Don't let the cost of neutering put you off - help is available!

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Female Cats - the Benefits of Spaying

Keeping Her Safe: When an un-spayed female cat come into season, she will be pursued by un-neutered males from a wide area. Often, female cats in season are chased far from home by the males and end up lost, pregnant, and living rough. This is how feral cat colonies are formed. They struggle to survive, often hungry, and frequently becoming sick or injured. Every year, in 'kitten season' (April - October), shelters take in pregnant females, who have clearly been owned at some time. Keep your cat safe - have her spayed.

spaying prevents unplanned litters
Spaying is better for your cat, and prevents unplanned litters

Keeping Her Healthy: Many stray, un-neutered males carry viruses such as FeLV (feline leukaemia) which can be passed on to female cats during mating. Un-spayed females are also more at risk of developing cystic ovaries and the potentially fatal pyometra. Keep her healthy - have her spayed.

The 'one litter' Myth: It's just a myth that a female cat should be allowed to have one litter. Cats don't want or choose to have babies in the same way that people do. It's only her hormones which urge her to mate; she is not even aware it will result in kittens! Spaying your female cat will not make her feel like she's 'missed out', in fact she will have a happier life, not being pestered by un-neutered males. Give your cat a happier life - have her spayed.

Helping the Wider Cat Population: If you allow your female cat to have a litter, and manage to find homes for the kittens, they have then used up homes that rescued kittens could have had. Some kittens wait many months in shelters for a home. Spaying your female cat helps to keep the wider cat population in balance, ensuring that more cats and kittens have a home. Help homeless cats - have her spayed.

Indoor Cats: Even if your cat stays indoors, it is kinder to neuter her, as she will still come into season, which is frustrating for her and for you. She may try to escape, and will begin 'calling' loudly for mates. Having her spayed at four months will stop her coming into season.

When to neuter? Kittens should be neutered at 4 months (16 weeks), as recommended above, but can be neutered at any age thereafter. To prevent unwanted litters, your kitten should be kept indoors until she is spayed.


Male Cats - the Benefits of Neutering

Keeping him Safe: When an un-neutered male reaches sexual maturity (from 4 months), he will feel the urge to wander off to find females, risking his life crossing busy roads. Those that roam too far and get lost, will join the UK's estimated two and a half million strays living on the streets or in feral colonies, and face a very bleak future. Having your male cat 'snipped' means he will be less likely to wander off. Keep him safe - have him neutered.

cat bitesKeeping him Healthy: Un-neutered male cats are very aggressive towards each other, and will get into fierce battles over territory and females. Their fights result in horrific bite injuries and viral infections. Protecting your cat from the urge to fight will also guard against preventable vet bills. Keep him healthy - have him neutered.

A pee-free Home: An un-neutered male cat is likely to spray (urine) in your house to mark his territory. The smell of un-neutered cat's pee in your house - even a small amount - is very smelly and unpleasant. Keep your home pee-free - have him neutered.

Indoor Cats: If your male cat is kept indoors, neutering is still the best option. Neutering will prevent him from become sexually frustrated and continually trying to escape, and will also save you from the smelly problem of urine-spraying.

When to neuter? Male kittens should be neutered at 4 months (16 weeks), as recommended above, but can be neutered at any age thereafter. Neutering will protect your cat. It's also helps reduce the stray cat population, and lower instances of fight-injuries, and the spread of viruses such as FIV and Feline Leukaemia.


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LOW COST Neutering (Nationwide Subsidised Neutering Schemes):

CATS PROTECTION Neutering Vouchers:
cats protection neuter vouchersCP Vouchers cover roughly half the cost of the average neutering / spaying charge. You can apply directly to any Cats Protection branch or shelter, or phone their national Helpline on 03000 12 12 12. Cats Protection often have special Free, £5 or £10 neutering offers, sometimes even including flea and worming treatment. Check for offers in your area: CP Neutering offers. Details of your local Cat Protection branch can be found by choosing your area from the drop-down menu below.

RSPCA Neutering Vouchers:
rspca subsudised neuteringLow-cost neutering vouchers are available from most RSPCA branches. Contact details for your nearest branch can be found by choosing your area from the drop-down menu below. If you don't have a branch near you, call the RSPCA neutering line: 0300 123 8019 (local rate).

PDSA PetAid Hospitals and practices
pdsa low cost neuteringPDSA PetAid offers free veterinary treatment for pets of those in receipt of certain benefits. Eligible clients of PDSA are offered reduced price neutering. For more information about eligibility, call freephone 0800 731 2502 or log onto www.pdsa.org.uk - Find your nearest PSDA PetAid hospital or PetAid veterinary practice here: www.pdsa.org.uk/pdsa-vet-care/eligibility

INDEPENDENT RESCUES Low Cost Neutering:
Many independent rescue groups will help with neutering costs, or have arrangements with local vets for low cost neutering. Don't be afraid to ask, they all have the animal's welfare at heart. Details of your local independent rescue can be found by choosing your area from the drop-down menu below.

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LOW COST Neutering (Regional Clinics and Subsidised Neutering Schemes)

BERKSHIRE:
Reading: - Easipetcare - 106 Crockhamwell Rd, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire, RG5 3JY. Tel: 01189 699526. Low cost vets who care. Low cost on all services, including vaccinations and neutering. www.easipetcare.com

BEDFORDSHIRE:
Spaywatch - Low cost animal neutering charity - Tel: 01733 370198 or Email: spay.watch@virgin.net

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Spaywatch - Low cost animal neutering charity - Tel: 01733 370198 or Email: spay.watch@virgin.net

CHESHIRE:
Cheadle: Greenbank Veterinary Clinic - 16 Northenden Road, Gatley Cheadle Cheshire SK8 4DN. Tel 0161 428 5655.
Wigan: Prevent Unwanted Pets - Lancashire West Branch - Email: info@preventunwantedpets.co.uk Web: Prevent Unwanted Pets - Lancashire West Facebook Page

ESSEX:
Spaywatch: Low cost animal neutering charity - Tel: 01733 370198 or Email: spay.watch@virgin.net
Canning Town: Celia Hammond Animal Trust - Low Cost Cat And Dog Neuter Clinic, 151-153, Barking Road, Canning Town, E16 4HQ. Tel: 02074 748 811. Offers low-cost neutering to those on benefits and low income in London and Essex. Web: www.celiahammond.org

HAMPSHIRE:
Portsmouth: The Animal Support Awareness Programme (ASAP) - spay/neuter scheme. Tel: 023 9223 1082 / 023 9279 6883
Southampton: RSPCA Southampton Clinic - 315 Shirley Rd, Southampton. Low cost neutering and vet treatment for those on benefits. Tel: 023 8078 3000
Portsmouth & part of Southampton) Friends of the Animals - Low cost Spaying or Neutering. Tel: 01983 522511 or Email: fotaiow@hotmail.com

HERTFORDSHIRE:
Spaywatch - Low cost animal neutering charity - Tel: 01733 370198 or Email: spay.watch@virgin.net

IRELAND:
Dublin: The Irish Blue Cross - Operates a low cost neutering scheme - cat or dog neutering costs around one-third of the normal cost. Tel: 01 416 3030 or Email: info@bluecross.ie

ISLE OF WIGHT:
Newport : Friends of the Animals - Offering discounted prices for Spaying or Neutering. Tel: 01983 522511 or Email: fotaiow@hotmail.com

KENT:
Bromley: RSPCA Bromley & District Branch - FREE CAT NEUTERING for those on government benefits or low income, within these postcode areas: BR1, BR2, BR3 (1, 2, 3), BR4, BR5, BR6, BR7 & TN16 (3). Tel: 07538 472822 or Email: rspca.bromley@virgin.net
Chatham:Easipetcare - Union Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4PZ. Tel: 01634 829934. Low cost vets who care. Low cost on all services, including vaccinations and neutering. www.easipetcare.com
Maidstone: RSPCA Tunbridge Wells & Maidstone - Low cost neutering and assisted veterinary treatment at a weekly clinic for those on benefits or a low income. 72-74 Wheeler Street, Maidstone, Kent. Maidstone - Tel: 01622 812195. Tunbridge Wells - Tel: 01892 517121 Website: www.rspca-tunbridgewellsandmaidstone.org.uk
N. Kent - Bromley & Dartford etc: Celia Hammond Animal Trust - Low Cost Cat And Dog Neuter Clinic, 233-235, Lewisham Way, London, SE4 1UY. Tel: 02086 912 100. Offers low-cost cat and dog neutering to those on benefits or low income. Web: www.celiahammond.org
N. Kent - Bromley & Dartford etc: Celia Hammond Animal Trust - Low Cost Cat And Dog Neuter Clinic, 151-153, Barking Road, Canning Town, E16 4HQ. Tel: 02074 748 811. Offers low-cost neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, flea and worm treatments, dental work, and other treatments. Web: www.celiahammond.org

LANCASHIRE:
Wigan: Prevent Unwanted Pets - Lancashire West Branch - PO Box 630, WN1 9HE. Email: info@preventunwantedpets.co.uk Web: Prevent Unwanted Pets - Lancashire West Facebook Page
Manchester: Greenbank Veterinary Clinic - 16 Northenden Road, Gatley Cheadle Cheshire SK8 4DN. Tel 0161 428 5655. Low-cost neutering and vaccinations (cats and dogs).
Clitheroe: Friends of the Animals - Offering discounted prices for Spaying or Neutering. Tel: 01983 522511 or Email: fotaiow@hotmail.com
Wigan, Bolton & surrounding areas: Neutering 4 Paws- Offering low cost Neutering. Tel: 07917672015 or Email: neutering4paws@yahoo.co.uk

LINCOLNSHIRE:
Spaywatch - Low cost animal neutering charity - Tel: 01733 370198 or Email: spay.watch@virgin.net

LONDON:
Camden: The London Beaumont Neutering Clinic - The clinic, in Camden, London is run jointly by Cats Protection and the National Canine Defence League, offering low cost netuering for dogs and cats. Tel: 020 7387 8134
Canning Town: Celia Hammond Animal Trust - Low Cost Cat And Dog Neuter Clinic, 151-153, Barking Road, Canning Town, E16 4HQ. Tel: 02074 748 811. Offers low-cost neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, flea and worm treatments, dental work, and other treatments. Web: www.celiahammond.org
Greater London: Free and subsidised neutering and veterinary care for London ’s pets, available to those on benefits, pensions or low income, and for stray cats. Neutering vouchers can be used at over 150 private and charity vets supporting the scheme throughout Greater London. Tel: 020 7355 1677 or write to: Free Cat Neutering Offer, Box 145, 2 Lansdowne Row, London, W1J 6HL. Download the PDF information booklet
Greater London: (C4) North Thames - FREE CAT NEUTERING for those on benefits or a pension, or who are caring for a stray or feral cat, or who simply can't afford private veterinary fees. Tel: 08458 734782 or visit their website for details>> The Cat Care and Control Consortium
Greater London: Celia Hammond Animal Trust Lewisham clinic offers low cost cat & dog neutering for owners on benefits or a low income from any postcode area. They also accept Cats Protection and C4 vouchers. If you live too far away, they can advise you of any subsidised neutering schemes closer to your home. CHAT Lewisham Clinic - 233-235, Lewisham Way SE4 1UY, Tel: 020 8691 2100,Web: www.celiahammond.org
Greater London: Low cost neutering for cats, dogs and rabbits: The Mayhew Animal Home Community Veterinary Clinic: 020 8962 8017 or email: vetclinic@mayhewanimalhome.org • Web page: http://themayhew.org/vet-clinic/neutering
Greater London: Spaywatch
- Low cost animal neutering charity - Tel: 01733 370198 or Email: spay.watch@virgin.net
Hammersmith: Blue Cross Animal Hospital
- Argyle Place, King St. Tel: 020 8748 5150
Holloway: RSPCA Sir Harold Harmsworth Memorial Hospital - 22 Sonderburg Road, Holloway, London N7 7QD. Low cost neutering for those receiving state benefits. Tel: 020 7272 6214
Lewisham: Celia Hammond Animal Trust - Low Cost Cat And Dog Neuter Clinic, 233-235, Lewisham Way, London, SE4 1UY. Tel: 02086 912 100. Offers low-cost neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, flea and worm treatments, dental work, and other treatments. Web: www.celiahammond.org
North London: Spay & Neuter and North London Animal Rescue - Tel: 07852166883
South East London: RSPCA London South East - branch offer free cat neutering to those receipt of state benefits or on a low income. Call 07952 680 522 for a free neutering voucher. Please note this offer is limited due to a limited budget and you must live in the South East London area.
South East London: FREE Cat Neutering & FREE Microchipping - SE Postcodes. "Chip and Snip" scheme available to anyone in SE Postcodes on benefits or low income. Run jointly by Celia Hammond Animal Trust, Lewisham & RSPCA London South East Branch. CHAT Lewisham Clinic - 233-235, Lewisham Way SE4 1UY, Tel: 020 8691 2100.

MERSEYSIDE:
Liverpool: Freshfields Animal Rescue - Subsidised Cat Neutering Scheme, available to low income households in Liverpool. Includes transport to and from vets, and post surgery vet advice. To register call: 0151 931 1604 or Text: 07789 624517, or Email: cattery@freshfieldsrescue.org.uk
Liverpool: Carla Lane Animals In Need- Low cost Neutering to low income households in Merseyside. Tel: 0151 526 3359 or text 07789 624 517 Web: www.animals-in-need.co.uk

NORFOLK:
Spaywatch - Low cost animal neutering charity - Tel: 01733 370198 or Email: spay.watch@virgin.net

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE:
Spaywatch - Low cost animal neutering charity - Tel: 01733 370198 or Email: spay.watch@virgin.net
Kettering: Easipetcare
- 3 Mariners Way, Northfield Avenue, Kettering, NN16 8AR. Tel: 01536 415775. Low cost vets who care. Low cost on all services, including vaccinations and neutering. Web: www.easipetcare.com
Northampton: Abington Park Veterinary Group
- 427 Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN1 4EZ. Low cost early neutering - Tel: 01604 628685. Website: www.abingtonvets.co.uk

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE:
Prevent Unwanted Pets (PUP) - Helping people on a low income towards the cost of having their dogs and cats spayed or neutered. Tel: 07772 722 709 or Email: pup@preventunwantedpets.org Web: www.preventunwantedpets.co.uk

STAFFORDSHIRE:
Burton upon Trent: Easipetcare - 2 Salt Walk, Burton upon Trent, DE14 1AA. Tel: 01283 Tel:01283 510363. Low cost vets who care. Low cost on all services, including vaccinations and neutering. Web: www.easipetcare.com

SUSSEX:
Worthing Animal Clinic - 30/32 Newland Road, Tel: 01903 202248, or email: worthinganimal@tiscali.co.uk Web: www.worthinganimal.co.uk

YORKSHIRE:
Bradford / Shipley: 'Petvax' - A low cost Veterinary Neutering and Vaccinating Clinic, Tel: 01274 597070, or Web: www.petvax.co.uk
Dewsbury: Richmond House Veterinary Centre - 4751 Savile Road, Dewsbury, West Yorks, WF12 9PW. Offers permanently low rates for all dog and cat neutering, regardless of whether you are on benefits or not. Tel: 01924 462428

WALES:
Carmarthenshire / Powys border: Gwynfe Cat Welfare - Free / donation only cat neutering- NON means tested, in Brecon, Llandovery, Llandeilo, Ammanford, Ystradgynlais. Tel: 01550 740323, 01874 636440 or email: moggymutt@yahoo.co.uk for a list of participating vets.
Gwynedd) RSPCA - Subsidised neutering for those on benefits, Tel: 01758 750356

WEST MIDLANDS:
Birmingham: The Pet Vaccination Clinic - Low cost neutering for cats and dogs, 179 Lea Hall Road, Stelmford, Birmingham, B33 8JX. Tel: 0121 783 5085
Coventry: The Pet Vaccination Clinic - Low cost neutering for cats and dogs, 102 Moseley Avenue, Coventry, West Midlands, CV6 1HQ. Tel: 02476 594242
Nuneaton: The Pet Vaccination Clinic - Low cost neutering for cats and dogs, 44 Church Road, Nuneaton, West Midlands, CV10 8LD. Tel: 02476 386855
Bearwood: Friends of the Animals - Offering discounted prices for Spaying or Neutering. Tel:01983 522511
Walsall: Walsall Borough Cats Protection offer FREE Cat Neutering for owners in receipt of State Benefits living in Walsall. Tel: 01543 360819 (daytime) or 01922 682005 (evening). Website: www.walsall.cats.org.uk

WORCESTERSHIRE:
Kidderminster: Easipetcare - inside 'Just for Pets', New Road, Kidderminster, Worcs, DY10 1AE. Tel: 01562 741547. Low cost vets who care. Low cost on all services, including vaccinations and neutering. Web: www.easipetcare.com

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Our grateful thanks go to the Celia Hammond Animal Trust for photographs, help and information, and to Cats Protection and the Cat Population Control Group for their assistance and advice in compiling this page.

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