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Neutering Your Kitten

Neutering prevents your cat adding to the number of unwanted Kitten and kittens already looking for homes and reduces unwanted behaviour like urine spraying. We generally advise neutering at 6 months old, but it can be done from 3 months if you prefer. We can advise you on the ideal timing when your kitten is vaccinated or has a complimentary health check. 

 

Neutering means castration in a male (removal of the testes) and spaying in a female (removal of the ovaries and uterus). This prevents unwanted pregnancy; curbs unwanted behavioural patterns such as urine spraying and reduces the risk of certain diseases. Neutered Kittens also live more harmoniously with each other and humans. They tend to wander off less and are less aggressive. 

Please find a downloadable leaflet containing all you need to know for your pet's procedure here

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Spaying a Female

In the past it has been suggested that all female Kittens should be allowed to have at least one litter. However, this is unnecessary and carries no benefit whatsoever to the Kitten. It is therefore best to have a female spayed before she reaches sexual maturity.

Once sexually mature a female will come into season (known as “calling”) every 3 weeks. This can be very noisy and the Kitten can appear agitated. She will also be very attractive to male cats that may try to get into your house!

Spaying prevents this unwanted behaviour and prevents unplanned pregnancies. Another health benefit is that she will not suffer from diseases of the uterus and ovaries in later life, or be at risk from mammary (breast) cancer. This procedure markedly reduces the risk.

At Green Pastures we have a separate cat ward so that during your kittens stay, she won’t be frightened by noisy dogs.

The spaying operation involves a general anaesthetic and the surgical removal of both ovaries and the uterus through a tiny incision made on the flank of the cat.

Castrating a Male

Entire male (Tom) cats have a strong tendency to roam, be aggressive to other males, fight and mark their territory by spraying urine. Aggressive behaviour puts them at a higher risk of catching infections such as Feline AIDS, Leukaemia virus and cat bite abscesses.

Castration involves removing both testes under general anaesthetic through small incisions in the scrotum. 

At Green Pastures we have a separate cat ward so that during your kittens stay, she won’t be frightened by noisy dogs.

Post-Operative Care (Both sexes)

Your pet might be drowsy for a few hours after their anaesthetic. We will ask you to rest your pet for about 10 days after the operation, to allow their surgical wound to heal. Most cats recover extremely quickly and are back to their normal selves within a few hours

A small bland meal can be offered in the evening. You can either prepare some chicken and rice, or we can supply a suitable recovery food in tins. 

Obesity

Most cats benefit from a diet tailored for neutered cats after neutering. The removal of testosterone/oestrogen means they have a lower calorie requirement, but confusingly they often become hungrier!  We will discuss tweaking their diet to ensure they feel full, but don’t gain excessive weight. 

We offer a complimentary weight check a month or so after neutering to ensure their weight isn’t starting to creep up. If you need any advice on feeding please ask, our staff have been trained in pet nutrition and will be happy to give you unbiased advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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