2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
NEUTERING YOUR CAT
The principal reason for neutering cats is the control of unwanted litters. This reduces the numbers of stray
cats. Stray cats can carry diseases such as Feline Leukemia and cat flu.
Behavioral changes tend to be minimal. The nuisance of seasons and unwanted callers is effectively prevented
and therefore there is an associated reduction in contagious diseases and fighting injuries.
The procedure is called ovariohysterectomy (removal of the ovaries and uterus). The incision is usually on the
flank (side) but can also be carried out midline. The operation typically takes 15-30 minutes to perform and
recovery is usually rapid. Most cats appear normal the same evening, however it is a major operation and your
cat must be kept quiet until their post-operative check up. We ask for you to bring your pet back into the clinic
for a check after 2-3 days and after 10 days to remove any sutures, although dissolvable sutures are usually
Neutering is recommended at 4-6 months of age before the mating behavior starts. It is best to avoid the time
your cat is in season.
Pros of neutering are many:
• Less aggression towards other tomcats
• Reduction of 'tomcat odour'
• Much reduced fighting
• Contagious diseases are less likely
• The problem of unwanted litters is reduced
The procedure involves removing both testicles through two small incisions in the scrotum which heal in a few
days without the need for sutures. It can take up to six weeks for the tomcat to become infertile. When
testicles are retained within the abdomen (one or none present within the scrotum) castration is strongly
recommended - this may be a more complicated procedure depending on where the testicle is located.
Neutering is recommended from 4-6 months of age.