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Spaying or castrating your cat (cat neutering) is a sensible idea for several reasons. Not only does it prevent unwanted kittens, it also stops your young cat from contracting FIV, the equivalent to human HIV and prevents certain undesirable behaviour.

Female cats will first come into season and be able to have kittens from around 6 months of age. The feline season is known as ‘calling’, with very good reason as the cat will roll around on the floor with her bottom in the air, crying as though in pain. This will last for 3-5 days every 2-3 weeks throughout the breeding season which is from early spring to late summer. You are also likely to have any male cats from the neighbourhood visit you at this time, often in the middle of the night.

An entire tom cat will tend to roam around the neighbourhood or further afield, spray urine in the house to mark his territory and is more likely to fight with other cats. This increases the risk of him catching, or passing on, several feline diseases.

Neutering your cat prevents this undesirable behaviour and is best done at 5½ to 6 months old, before the onset of puberty. The operations are performed under a general anaesthetic. Castrating a male cat involves removing the testicles from the scrotum. Spaying a female removes the ovaries and the uterus and leaves a small skin wound usually on the left flank or underside, from which sutures (stitches) may need to be removed about 10 days later. Your cat will be back to normal within a day or so.

To arrange to have your cat neutered, make an appointment at reception. The receptionist will ask you not to feed your cat after 6pm the evening before the operation and to keep you cat in overnight. This is important as they may find something to eat if allowed out, increasing the risk of vomiting under anesthetic, which is dangerous to your cat.

You will be asked to bring your cat in between 8am-9am on the day of the appointment. A nurse will run through a consent form with you, which you will be required to sign.

Your cat will be taken down to theatre for a pre-med to be administered and they will then be bedded down in a comfortable kennel ready for the operation.

Once the operation is completed they will be nursed until they are fully awake and then left quietly to sleep in a comfortable kennel until discharge.

We will arrange an appointment to see cats again around 3 days after the operation and if they have external stitches, these will be removed at 10 days. These checks will be with a qualified nurse and are free.

We try to use subcutaneous stitching in cats which means the stitching is just under the skin and dissolves slowly.