Neutering

If there is anything that cats are innately good at it's getting pregnant. Unfortunately this means that our stray population continues to grow and that a large number of unwanted animals are destroyed every year.

If you do not intend to breed from your pet the responsible thing to do is to neuter them. This also has many other health-related advantages listed below.

Neutering Your Female Cat

Neutering a female animal is referred to as "spaying". Spaying or ovariohysterectomy involves removal of the womb and ovaries to prevent 'heats' and unwanted pregnancies in a female cat as well as other undesirable diseases, such as those described below.

The reproductive cycle of a cat means that they can come into heat 6-8 times a year.

Advantages to Spaying:

  • Pyometra or Womb Infection - is a life-threatening condition in dogs and cats in which the womb gradually fills up with pus which leads to a form of blood poisoning/septicaemia. Death or kidney failure is possible consequences of this disease.
  • Breast Cancer/mammary neoplasia -  is is a more uncommon condition in cats but when it is seen it tends to be of a more aggressive nature. This condition, which usually requires surgery to remove the mass and reduce the risk of spread, may be life threatening.
  • Unwanted Kittens - a lot of mouths to feed! One unspayed female cat can turn into 16+ kittens a year! Not spaying your animal may become an expensive choice.

Neutering Your Male Cat

This will mean that you will see your vet much less often!!! Entire, or unneutered, cats have a tendency to fight with other male cats and thus get cat fight abscesses, lacerations and unfortunately horrible cat viruses such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) or Feline Leukaemia Virus (Felv) both of which are often life-threatening.

Neutering your male cat also prevents antisocial behavior such as urine spraying and roaming.

Spaying or neutering your cat means that the chances of becoming infected with Feline Leukaemia virus or Feline Aids are much reduced.

They would no longer mate and their inclination for fighting reduces so by reducing or removing the social behavior that allows infection we manage to help control these fatal diseases also.

 

Vaccinations

We recommend giving your cat a booster vaccination every year. The diseases we can vaccinate against are cat flu, cat enteritis and felv (feline leukaemia virus). Unfortunately there is no vaccine to protect against fiv (feline immunodeficiency virus) yet.

 

Worming

We recommend you deworm your cat every 3 months. We stock deworming tablets and deworming spot on for cats who don’t like tablets!