The term neutering is used to describe castration of the male cat, and it can also be used to cover female ‘spaying’. The majority of owned cats in the UK are neutered, with the operation taking place at about five or six months of age, although it can be as early as two months of age. Owners may choose to neuter their cats for a variety of reasons, for example they may wish to prevent an unplanned litter of kittens or reduce the risk of a variety of health problems, including certain types of cancer.
The decision whether or not to neuter (or spay) your cat, however, will depend on your personal circumstances and on what is best for you and your cat. The pages below provide a wealth of information about neutering, and what to expect afterwards if you do choose to neuter your cat. Additionally there is a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section to help answer any questions you may have regarding this topic.