Cats have special medical and behavioural needs, and neutering has significant benefits beyond the obvious one of avoiding pregnancy.
Female cats are more at risk of certain types of cancer and womb infections if they are not spayed. Male cats are much more likely to spray urine indoors, fight and go wandering if they are not castrated, as well as being at risk of infectious disease such as FIV (“Feline AIDS”). Both sexes get on better with other cats if the stress of sexual behaviour is removed.
We recommend that all cats are neutered, with the ideal time being between 4 and 5 months old.
We understand the worry that your cat having a procedure might cause and our vets and nurses are happy to talk through the benefits and risks of neutering. In both sexes the procedure involves spending only part of a day in the practice and there is normally a very rapid return to normal behaviour!