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Neutering

03 March 2015
Current Neutering Campaign 
At Cats Protection we do offer help with neutering for those that require assistance. From 1 March 2015, the Outer Aberdeen Branch will be offering even more help. For a limited period, we are running "Neuter your cat for £15" - so you pay £15, whether male or female, we pay the rest. How it works? If you come under the Outer Aberdeen area, you contact our Neutering Officer on 07594007139, a voucher will go to one of our vets, and on the day you pay the vet the £15. Bargain!

What is neutering?
Neutering is a surgical procedure which prevents female cats, known as queens, becoming pregnant and male cats, known as toms, making females pregnant.
A female cat is spayed (her ovaries and uterus are removed)
A male cat is castrated (his testes are removed)
Generally it is recommended to neuter domestic cats from four months of age, but you should seek advice from your vets for each individual cat.

The Operation
Your cat will have an anaesthetic on the day, so he or she should be given no food prior to the operation - your vet will advise you about this. The operation for both male and female cats is very simple and so you will usually be able to drop your cat off and pick him or her up on the same day.
Female cats will have a small shaved area, this fur will grow back in a couple of weeks. A female cat will also have stitches. If these are not dissolvable, they will be taken out by the vet around 10 days after the opertaion.
Cats recover very quickly from neutering operations but we'd recommend following your vet's advice on how to look after your cat after its operation.

The benefits of neutering.....
Neutered male cats
Will become less likely to roam (reducing the risk of being run over),
Will become less likely to fight, thus improving their chances of avoiding serious diseases, like feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) which are transmitted by cat bites and reproductive activity.
Will also be less likely to mark their territory with urine (spraying).
Spayed female cats
Can avoid unwanted pregnancies (It is NOT beneficial for a female cat to have a litter before spaying, this is a myth),
Won't call and wail during their season
Will be less likely to contract diseases spread by bites and reproductive activity.

Did you know...
A female cat can produce a litter of up to 6 kittens.
Kittens can reach sexual maturity as early as 4-5 months old.
A female cat can fall pregnant again even if she is still feeding her first litter. 
Kittens born as a result of inter-breeding can be born with serious birth defects.
Cats recover very quickly from neutering operations but we'd recommend following your vet's advice on how to look after your cat after its operation.

How much does it cost?
The cost of the operation varies according to what part of the country you live in and the vet you use. The average cost for a male cat is between £30 and £50 and the average cost for a female cat is between £40 and £80. Your vet will be happy to give you a quote before the operation takes place. Cats Protection offers financial assistance to cat owners on benefits or low income to help with the cost of neutering.

Financial Assistance
Cats Protection may be able to help with the cost of neutering your cat. So please give us a call to discuss this. 

Feral Neutering
An uncontrolled feral colony will grow quickly; the cats will be susceptible to disease and may also become a nuisance. Simply removing the cats isn't a long term solution, as a new colony will soon move in.
The best option therefore is to neuter all of the resident feral cats within as short a time frame as possible. Over a period of years this will reduce the size of the colony. A controlled, healthy and manageable colony will deter other ferals from moving in and will keep vermin levels down.
We may be able to get help towards the cost of neutering a feral colony, please contact us to discuss.