Neutering is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs; in
females, this involves removing the ovaries and uterus (spaying),
and in males, the testicles are removed (castration), which
prevents reproduction. We recommend neutering from 5 months
old. Neutering should not affect the personality of your
Females: will prevent seasons, which occur
approximately every 3 weeks, when they will call. This can be very
noisy. Spaying also reduces the risk of mammary cancer and pyometra
(womb infection). There are no additional health benefits for a cat
to have a litter before spaying.
Males: entire male cats are more likely to roam
in search of possible mates putting them at increased risk of being
run over and getting into fights with other cats. Serious
infections can be transmitted though cat bites including feline
immunodeficiency virus (feline AIDS).
It is a common belief that neutering causes pets to become
overweight. Instead neutering reduces the amount of food required
due to changes in metabolism. After neutering, regular weighing is
recommended and alterations to diet as required.