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Neutering Your Cat


Most cats become sexually mature from 5-8 months. Cats come into season a number of times in Spring and Autumn and each heat cycle lasts approximately every 3 weeks, each season lasting between 4 and 10 days.

Spaying has several benefits including:

  • No ‘in season' behaviour such as calling or wandering. Unless spayed, your cat will continue to cycle frequently unless she becomes pregnant.
  • No unwanted litters of kittens.
  • The more often your cat comes into season, the more likely she is to develop mammary tumours, uterine infections and ovarian problems.



We recommend castration of male cats at 5-6 months of age.

Castration has several benefits including:

  • It reduces the development territorial roaming, as they will not have a tendency to ‘look' for females.
  • Reduction of aggressive behaviour, including fighting. This can reduce the risk to the cat of contracting Feline Leukaemia Virus or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, both fatal infectious diseases that can be spread through cat bites.
  • There is likely to be less of an inclination to ‘mark' or spray their territories.
  • Fewer unwanted pregnancies.