What are the effects of neutering my cat?

Neutering, or spaying, your cat is a vital part of being a responsible owner. Read on to find out why.

Millions of unwanted cats are euthanised every year - a female cat can have her first litter at around six months old, then up to three litters of six kittens per year. Aside from avoiding unwanted litters, there are many other benefits to neutering your cat.

A female cat that is neutered before she reaches 12 months old has a lower risk of both ovarian and breast cancer, as these organs are removed. Castrating your male cat also makes him less likely to mark his territory by spraying urine, reduces wandering and fighting with other cats, while eliminating the chance of testicular cancer.

Both female and male cats have been known to be quieter, gentler and more home-loving after neutering.

After the operation

Most cats recover very quickly after the operation, but do pay attention to the guidance given by your vet. Some general advice includes keeping your cat indoors for a few days, with a quiet place to recover away from other animals. Try to prevent her from running or jumping in the first few days after surgery, and if your cat is licking the wound, use a cone collar. Check the wound daily, and if there is any redness, swelling or discharge, see your vet immediately.

Many owners worry their cat will put on weight after neutering. True, your cat may become less active and need fewer calories per day. If you see she is gaining weight, change her food to a more adapted balance of fat and protein choosing a cat food specifically formulated for neutered cats.

8 weeks to 6 months old – this is the ideal age timeframe to get your cat neutered.
It is a myth that cats should have a litter before being neutered. In fact, it is best to neuter her as early as possible as the first heats are generally very discreet.