Neutering Cats and Spaying
Cats – female (queen) or male (tom) can be spayed or castrated once they are 6 months old. There are many advantages to neutering your cat such as:
Preventing many litters of kittens going unwanted and ending up being put to sleep. Female cats are polyoestrus meaning they can come into heat many times in the year leading to many litters of kittens being born. Litter sizes can range from 2 – 10 kittens per litter.
Spaying female cats reduces the risk of mammary tumour growth.
Entire males (tom cats) can become very problematic as they will fight other male cats which can result in injury and spread of infectious viruses. Entire males are very vocal if fighting at night which can be a nuisance.
Entire male cats will spray urine to leave off a scent for females which is foul smelling.
At McGrath Vets we recommend neutering cats which are not intended for breeding.
Stitches from a spay can be removed 10 days after the operation and the patient will be assessed. Male cats do not require any stitch removal after castration.