One of the main aims of Cats Protection is the neutering of all cats not required for breeding. Both male and female kittens should be neutered at the age of five to six months. All cats and kittens in our care over six months are neutered before being found new homes.
A MALE un-neutered cat will mark his territory (inside and outside the home) by spraying his urine. He will also wander far afield in search of un-neutered females and fight with other un-neutered males over territory and females. The resulting vets bills to repair the damage will far exceed the cost of neutering and could cost the cat his life as un-neutered cats are far more likely to be run over or catch contagious diseases (such as Feline Leukaemia Virus or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – neither of which can be transmitted to humans).
The majority of cats are meticulous about burying their faeces. Dominant uncastrated tomcats may not bury their faeces to demonstrate that they are the ‘top cat’ in the area. It is therefore sensible to make sure your cat is neutered; you will also be helping to reduce the vast number of unwanted kittens born every year.
A FEMALE unspayed cat will produce many kittens; she can be responsible for up to 20,000 descendants in only FIVE years! It is possible for a female cat to have three litters of kittens a year, and she can become pregnant as young as six months old. When in season she will ‘call’, often using a loud, raucous voice (to attract male cats within hearing distance). She does not need to have a litter before being spayed.
If you, or someone you know cannot afford the full cost of neutering their cat they should telephone 01386 833343 to request help. If they qualify, we will issue a subsidised neutering voucher. The owner will normally be expected to make a contribution towards the cost.
We can also provide financial help with FERAL CATS, as long as they are in a safe colony that has access to shelter and regular feeding.