Desexing your cat

Male cats

When to desex your male cat

We recommend that any cat not intended for breeding should be desexed from five months.

Benefits of desexing you male cat

  • Reduces roaming and aggression – entire male cats are more likely to wander in search of females and are more likely to get into cat fights. FIV is a disease that is spread by cat bites so entire males are more at risk.
  • Reduces inappropriate urine spraying and the strong smell associated with this.

How are male cats desexed (castration)?

A cat castration is a day procedure and involves a general anaesthetic. Two small incicisions are made in the scrotum and the testicles are removed. There are no sutures.

Are there any risks involved?

While every general anaesthetic carries an inherent risk, desexing is an elective procedure performed on a young healthy animal using modern anaesthetic agents similar to those used in human medicine, and as such there is minimal risk to you pet.

Female cats

When to desex your female cat

We recommend that any cat not intended for breeding should be desexed from five months.

Benefits of desexing your female cat

  • Female cats in season must be strictly confined.
  • Female cats in season will attract male cats from a wide area.
  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies.
  • Prevents uterine infections (pyometra). If your cat develops pyometra she will need to be desexed, but the costs and risk of complications are much higher in this case.

How are female cats desexed (spey)?

A cat spey is a day procedure and involves a general anaesthetic. An incision is either made through the flank or the underside of the abdomen and the entire uterus is removed along with both ovaries.

Are there any risks involved?

While every general anaesthetic carries an inherent risk, desexing is an elective procedure performed on a young healthy animal using modern anaesthetic agents similar to those used in human medicine, and as such there is minimal risk to you pet.