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Neutering Your Cat

What Is Neutering?

Neutering in male cats is known as castration.

Neutering in female cats is known as spaying.

Neutering is done to prevent unwanted pregnancies, prevent cancers of reproductive organs, and in some cases help with difficult behaviours (although that is not guaranteed).

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What Are The Benefits Of Neutering Your Cat? 


Neutered cats have fewer medical problems, live longer on average, don’t add to the pet overpopulation problem, and make more loving and rewarding pets.


  • Reduces the risk of cancers and contracting diseases
  • Reduces roaming
  • Reduces fighting
  • Reduces spraying


  • Avoid unwanted pregnancies
  • Reduces the risk of cancers and contracting diseases
  • Won’t go into season or wail during their sexual cycle
  • Reduces roaming
  • Reduces the risk of feline aids

When Should I Neuter My Cat?

It is recommended that cats are neutered at around four months of age, before they reach puberty and after they have completed their primary vaccination course.

Worried about bringing your cat to the practice? Don’t worry we have a range of facilities to ensure your cat’s visit is less stressful.


What Is The Difference In Procedures?


Castration is the surgical removal of the testicles and is commonly referred to as “neutering”. Performed as a minor surgical operation under general anaesthetic.


Spaying or “neutering” is the surgical removal of both the ovaries and uterus of a female cat. Performed as a routine surgical operation under general anaesthesia.

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Post Operative Care & Recovery

There are several things you can do to speed up the recovery process.


After the surgery, your cat may still be a bit wobbly from the anaesthesia if you pick them up the same day.

They may be uncoordinated for the first few hours and appear “drunk.” Keep them safe in a small room and keep a close eye on them.

No stairs and no jumping!


Monitor the incision site.

To prevent licking and/or chewing at her incision site, it will be necessary to place a buster collar until the wound is healed. These are available from us at no extra cost.

Medical pet shirts are also available if this is preferred at an added cost.


A little bit of blood may seep through the stitches. If it is just a few drops, keep an eye on it and make sure the bleeding stops within a minute or two.

If there is blood oozing out of the incision site that will not clot, come and see us immediately. They may have a bleeding disorder.


Opened stitches should be treated with urgency.

Some cats may need to go under again to get the area stitched back up. Keep a close eye on your cat for the first few days and keep them quiet; a crate can be helpful.


What Are The Risks?

Every surgical procedure carries the risk of infection (approximately 10%), for which your animal would need to receive antibiotics. Bleeding and injury to the surrounding structures are luckily rare.

General anaesthetic carries a higher risk of complications for small pets (like rabbits) and also older animals or cats and dogs with long-term conditions (diabetes, obesity, etc). Luckily, serious complications are rare.

Since complications happen even in the best of surgical hands they are not regarded as avoidable events or negligence and treatment for them is charged to the client.

If you have any other questions, our vets and nurses are always happy to elaborate on the procedure in order to ensure you make the best and most informed decision possible for your pet!

Does my cat need to have a season or litter before she is spayed?

No, most cats can be neutered at 4 months old (unless there is a specific reason not to).

If you have any other questions, our vets and nurses are always happy to elaborate on the procedure in order to ensure you make the best and most informed decision possible for your pet!

What happens after the surgery?

Some people worry that their cat’s personality will change. This isn’t true but you might see a fall in certain behaviour – roaming, mounting, fighting, or spraying urine.

What is roaming?

The desire to roam in order to find a mate increases the risk of fighting or road traffic accidents.

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