I love my cat, therefore I’ve neutered my cat
“Oh really… why exactly?”
Be ready to change your mind as we bust popular myths and widely held assumptions.
We went around and discovered everything there is to know about the benefits of spaying/neutering.
Cats say thank you!
I neuter my cat to keep them healthy
“But it’s unnatural, so it can’t be good for them.”
Well, it is! Spaying and neutering has proven to limit the risk of mammary tumour development and uterine infection in females. Another misconception is that it’s better to let the cat have their first litter. This is false, the opposite is true. Spaying/neutering your cat at the age of 6 months, before she gets in heat for the first time, greatly limits the risk of diseases and infections. It also limits the risk of transmitting cat AIDS and feline leukemia for both males and females.
Castration is known to cause the formation of bladder stones in some cats. The risk, however, is limited and it can be prevented by ensuring a high-quality diet that is especially designed to promote healthy urinary tracts.
I spay/neuter my cat so they live longer
“Is that really proven?”
Yes. Spaying/neutering can significantly increase the life expectancy of male and female cats. It almost doubles, actually! Studies reveal that the average life expectancy of a spayed/neutered cat is somewhere in between 14 and 18 years, the average age for companion animals who haven’t been spayed/neutered is between 6 and 10 years. This might not be that surprising considering:
– Unsterilised cats will fight with other cats, the wounds and bites they get could get infected and weaken their health
– A spayed/neutered cat is less likely to run off and consecutively less likely to be hit by a truck or a car
– A spayed/neutered cat will hardly interact with other cats, reducing the risk of transmitting or contracting disease
– Urinary tract infections and breast tumours are very rare in a spayed/neutered cat
“Indeed, it’s not an easy time …”
At the very least…! The neighbourhood cats stalking the windows, the cat fights, the noises, and the behavioural changes… All of these inconveniences can be prevented by spaying/neutering, making cats calmer, less aggressive towards their suitors, and more comfortable at home. Urine spurts and unpleasant smells are also in the past after spaying/neutering.
I spayed/neutered my cat to diminish my veterinary bills
“What do you mean ? It is expensive to neuter a cat!”
The price of this surgery depends on your specific region and veterinary clinic. It is definitely not free but it will reduce veterinary bills throughout the course of the cat’s life. Neutering promotes good health, saving you time and money in terms of veterinary visits. You might also be eligible for reduced fees. Some animal welfare organisations and veterinary colleges offer financial support. Find out more about financial support here or free and discount events on National Spay Day here.
I neuter my cat because I don’t want to contribute to the number of stray/ feral cats
“Okay, but this doesn’t concern my cat. They don’t go beyond the garden, I know them”
Don’t be mistaken. Your cat will lead their expedition out of sight, often at night so you don’t have the opportunity to track their activity.
Whether they are the one to venture out, or other cats come to pay a little “visit”, your cat will be mingling with other cats, resulting in an unwanted litter at your home or an unwanted litter out on the streets. It’s important to manage the number of stray and feral cats, who live in difficult circumstances in an environment that’s not made for them, and one of the best ways to do that, is preventing the number to increase. You might think that one litter doesn’t amount to that many cats but it does.. this illustration shows how.
I neuter my cat to help the conservation of the endangered wild cat
“What’s the difference between wild cats and stray cats by the way? And what does it have to do with my domestic cat?”
A lot of people don’t know about the existence of wild cats and mistake them for feral cats. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Wild cats look similar to the domestic tabby, apart from their size, but their temperaments and characteristics are completely different, and no one has ever managed to domesticate them. Today, all European wild cats are endangered, especially because of hybridisation with their domestic cousins. Wild cats and domestic cats will mate with each other, leading to more stray cats whilst depleting its own gene pool at the same time and exposing themselves to diseases they aren’t immune against. The easiest and most effective way to contribute to European wildcat conservation efforts is to neuter your domestic cat, ensuring that they can’t mate with a wild cat. To learn more about this exciting topic, read our blog about it.
I neuter my cat to help protect the biodiversity of my region
“You mean I can protect biodiversity just by neutering my cat?”
The UK has more than 8 million domestic cats and just as many stray cats, which contributes to a significant imbalance in our local biodiversity. You should know that a well-fed domestic cat will catch an average of thirty prey animals per year. A stray or a feral cat can catch up to 1000 prey animals per year. If we multiply those numbers we can only reach a worrying conclusion for small fauna animals such as birds, reptiles, and small mammals, which are all essential to preserve the balance of our peri-urban ecosystem. By sterilising your cat, you help containing the number of feral and stray cats, and therefore you help to protect your local biodiversity.