Have you become the proud parent of a kitten but are unsure of when to neuter them? The answer might surprise you!
At the moment in the UK we are facing somewhat of a kitty-crisis, with far too many litters being born but having no home to go to. This results in thousands of strays and places huge pressure on charities like the RSPCA who have to try and rehome cats or place them in private boarding clinics at great cost. The sad reality is there are far fewer good homes available than there are homeless cats out there.
As with most things, by far the most effective way to combat this crisis is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Some pet owners may have been told that cats should be allowed to have one litter of kittens before they are neutered, but this is simply not the case.
There is also uncertainty around what age cats becomes sexually active from. Many owners would be surprised to learn that from 4 months of age, female cats have reached sexual maturity and start to produce the sorts of hormones that tomcats find very attractive! Therefore, if your cat is in this age range and spends any time outside, there’s every possibility they could fall pregnant if they have not been neutered.
That’s why some of our clinics provide neutering for your cat from 4 months of age. This has proven to be a completely safe and atraumatic procedure when carried out at this age. We offer this so that owners will have peace of mind that they can let their cat outside from a young age and they will not return home with an unexpected surprise! If you would like to find your nearest Medivet branch that provides this service, simply use our online practice finder.
Remember, as gorgeous as a litter of fluffy baby moggies is, unless you are willing to care for all of them yourself, the reality is they will need rehoming. And due to the overwhelming number of homeless kittens in the UK already, this is becoming an increasingly difficult task to achieve.
Posted October 23, 2015 in Preventative Healthcare