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Please Neuter your Cat!

neutering prevents unwanted littersThere are 21,000 reasons why you should get your cat neutered - because that's potentially how many offspring could result from one un-neutered female cat and her descendants in just seven years!

There is a cat over-population crisis in the UK today, which results in 1,000's of healthy but unwanted cats and kittens being destroyed EVERY DAY because there are not enough homes to go round. This sad fact is true also for dogs, and neutering is the only humane answer.

For many people, neutering their pets is simply too expensive, but DON'T PANIC - help is at hand! If you are receiving benefit, on a pension or low income, you can get low-cost, and sometimes even no-cost, neutering...


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FEMALE CATS - 'Shouldn't we let her have one litter?'

It is a complete myth that a female cat should be allowed to have one litter. There is no biological or psychological benefit to the cat whatsoever. 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 kittens sitting in a rescue centre could have had, which may then end up being destroyed.cat bites

Many female cats come into season, get chased far from their home by un-neutered males and end up completely lost, pregnant, and living on the streets. This is how feral cat colonies are formed. They struggle to survive, often hungry, and frequently becoming sick or injured.

Many stray, un-neutered males carry the FIV virus, and female cats are often infected if they are bitten during mating. Males often infect each other with FIV or feline leukaemia when fighting over a female.

A female cat should be neutered (spayed) at around 4 months but can be neutered at any age thereafter. Neutering can be done earlier, provided the kitten is in good health, but you will need to be guided by your vet. To prevent unwanted litters, your kitten should be kept indoors until it is neutered. Even if your cat is to be kept as an 'indoor cat', it is kinder to neuter her, as she will still come into season, which is very frustrating for her and for you. Un-neuterd females are also more at risk of developing cystic ovaries and the potentially fatal pyometra.


MALE CATS - if you love them, get them neutered!

When an un-neutered male reaches maturity, he will begin to roam further afield in his quest for females, exposing himself fight injuryto territory battles with other males, and risking his life on busy roads. Those that roam too far will join the UK's estimated two and a half MILLION strays living on the streets today, and face a very bleak future.

Un-neutered male cats are very aggressive towards other cats, particularly other un-neutered males. Their fights result in horrific bite injuries, abscesses, damaged eyes, and infections such as FIV. With no-one to take them to the vet, many injuries become infected, and often result in death.

Male cats should be neutered at 4 months, but can be neutered at any age thereafter. If your 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. Having the snip will not 'change his personality', that is another common myth without any basis in fact.


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Please Spread the Word - NEUTERING AND SPAYING SAVES LIVES!

National Low Cost Neutering Clinics' and Neutering Assistance Available:

Neutering your cats, male or female, is the best and most humane way of reducing the stray cat population, helping lower the instances of F.I.V. and fight-injuries, and preventing healthy cats from being destroyed.

CATS PROTECTION Neutering Vouchers:
CP Vouchers cover roughly half the cost of the average neutering / spaying charge. You can apply directly to any Cats Protection branch or shelter, who keep a supply of vouchers, or phone their national Helpline on 03000 12 12 12. You may be asked to fill in an application form and provide a copy of the cover of your benefit book to obtain the voucher. You will need to take the voucher to the vet when getting your cat neutered, and all you pay is the remaining balance. Cats Protection often have special FREE and £5 neutering offers – 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:
Low-cost neutering vouchers are available from most RSPCA branches. Contact your nearest branch, or if you don't have a branch near you, call their national helpline on: 0300 1234 555. Details of your local RSPCA can be found by choosing your area from the drop-down menu below.

PDSA PetAid Hospitals and practices
PDSA 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

Celia Hammond Animal Trust Clinic & Advice
CHAT's Lewisham clinic offers low cost cat & dog neutering for owners on benefits or a low income from any postcode area, not just SE London. 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

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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Regional 'Low Cost Neutering Clinics' and Neutering Assistance Available:

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.

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. Subsidised neutering and veterinary treatment for those on benefits. Tel: 023 8078 3000
(Portsmouth - Also covering part of Southampton) Friends of the Animals - Offering discounted prices for Spaying or Neutering. Tel: 02392 660 660 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:
(Ryde) Friends of the Animals - Offering discounted prices for Spaying or Neutering. Tel: 01983 522511

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:
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
(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: 01200 440192

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

LONDON:
Spaywatch - Low cost animal neutering charity - Tel: 01733 370198 or Email: spay.watch@virgin.net
(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
(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) Spay & Neuter and North London Animal Rescue - Tel: 07852166883
(South East) 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) 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:
Freshfields Animal Rescue - Subsidised Cat Neutering Scheme. Available to all low income households in Liverpool 4, 8, 11, 20, 21 & 30 postcodes, until December 2012. 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

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
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: 0121 420 4201
(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 RSPCA Barnes Hill for their assistance and advice in compiling this page.

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