Feline Neutering Advice
Here at AlphaPet we are strong believers in preventative healthcare. Prevention is always better than cure! One of the most important things we can do to aid with this motto is to neuter cats at an early age, if they are not being used for breeding.
In the UK we have a huge problem with unwanted cats, many awaiting new homes in rescue centres. By neutering our cats at a young age, we remove the chances of another litter of kittens being added to this ever growing problem.
In both toms and queens we recommend neutering from 4 months of age (minimum weight of 2 kilograms.)
In queens, early neutering has the following benefits:
- Removes the risk of pregnancy
- Minimises the likelihood of contracting Feline Leukaemia and other diseases spread by sexual behaviours
- Reduces the risk of certain tumours in older age
- Allowing your cat to get pregnant at a young age can stunt her growth and have health consequences for her as well as her kittens.
Entire queens are likely to get pregnant again and again due to the way they ovulate. Hence a single queen can be responsible for up to 20,000 descendants in just 5 years!!
In toms neutering has the following benefits:
- Reduces the risk of contacting Feline Leukaemia and other diseases spread by sexual behaviour and fighting
- Reduces the risk of cat bite abscesses caused by fighting with other cats
- Minimises the risk of indoor spraying
- Shrinks the cat's core territory, so he won't wander so far away from home.
In most cases the operations are done as a day patient surgery. They are admitted during the morning and go home the same evening. Occasionally queens will stay in overnight for additional pain relief if this is felt necessary by the vet.
They will need to take life easy for approximately 10 days after their surgery. Our full post operative information is available at AlphaPet post operative care advice.
Post surgery we recommend close monitoring of your cat's weight, since a neutered animal's calorific needs are less than that of an entire animal and failure to monitor this can lead to weight gain.
For further advice please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment to discuss with a nurse or veterinary surgeon.