We believe having your cat desexed is an essential part of responsible pet ownership.


A female cat is spayed (her ovaries and uterus are removed)


A male cat is castrated (his testes are removed)

Desexed male cats are:

  • Less likely to roam and therefore less risk of injury such as an RTA (Road traffic accident).

  • Less likely to fight and therefore less risk of “hit by cat” therefore also reduces the risk of contracting diseases such as FIV and FeLV

  • Less likely to display territorial behaviour such as spraying.

  • Will not develop testicular cancer.

Desexed female cats are:

  • Unable to get pregnant and have unwanted litters of kittens

  • Not going to wail and call, as queens in season do.

  • Less likely to contract disease such as FIV and FeLV through fighting.

  • Unable to contract cancers of the uterus and ovaries

  • Less likely to develop mammary cancers-especially if spayed by the age of 6 months.

The Operation.

Your cat will need to be admitted for a day stay at the hospital. They will need to have been fasted for at least 12 hours, usually no food after 8pm the evening before.

It is always prudent to keep them inside overnight as cats tend to have a sixth sense regarding vet visits and usually disappear!

You cat will be given a pre-medication ( a mixture of drugs to decrease anxiety, provide pain relief etc) before the operation and then will be given a general aneasthetic.

Your female cat will have a patch of fur shaved from her side and will have some stitches which will dissolve on their own in 4-6 weeks. The fur will grow back in 3-4 weeks.

Your male cat will have no stitches, the hair is usually shaved or plucked from his testicles after he has been anaesthetised!

Young cats recover very quickly from this operation and it is rare to have any complications.

They are then able to be discharged in the afternoon and it is advised that male cats are kept indoors overnight and female cats for 7 days to recover from the affects of the general anaesthetic and to reduce the risk of complications following surgery.

It is advised that your female cat wear a buster collar for the 7 days post-op to restrict her access to the stitches.

Desexing Facts

  • One entire female cat can be responsible for 20,000 kittens in just 5 years.

  • Cats can become sexually active from 4 months of age.

  • It is not beneficial to let your cat have just one litter before spaying.

  • Gestation in cats is just 9 weeks and cats can come into season just 6 weeks after giving birth.

  • Pregnancy and feeding are physically very demanding on cats and repeated litters will take its toll on their health.

  • Cats will breed with their brothers and sisters.

  • A cat can have up to 3 litters a year with 5-6 kittens per litter. That's a lot of kittens to home!


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