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Help to get your cat neutered

Some of the kittens we have homed in 2010TIMES are tough for many pet owners but the Celia Hammond Animal Trust is also offering low-cost neutering for male and female cats to owners on benefits or low incomes.
For full details, click here then go to Our Clinics on the menu and then Neutering Info.
These are some of the little ones we have helped but there are just too many unwanted cats and kittens, with every year being worse than the last. Charities cannot do it all - we struggle to cope each year so PLEASE get your male and female cats neutered now as this is the only solution.

NEUTERING
: FAQS

TO find out more, please see your vet or read on here or
WHEN? From the age of four to six months is ideal for both males and females as this is when they can become sexually active. But if your cat is older, then it's never too late - please just get it done ASAP.

WHY?
Neutered cats live longer and healthier lives. Males are less likely to roam, fight and mark their territory with urine (spraying). This will cut the risk of them being run over or getting hurt in fights.
For females, the obvious benefit is no unwanted pregnancies. It is a myth that it is beneficial for a female to have a litter before spaying. They will also not call and wail during their sexual cycle and will be less likely to catch diseases spread by bites and reproductive activity.

THE OPERATION: Your cat will need an anaesthetic but the procedure is very simple. You will usually be able to drop off your pet and pick him or her up on the same day. Females will have a small shaved area but the fur will grow back in a couple of weeks. They will also have stitches which will either dissolve or need to be taken out by the vet around ten days later. Cats usually recover very quickly. Your vet will be able to advise you on your individual cat.

COST: This depends on your vet but the average for a male is £20 to £40. For a female, the average is £40 to £60. Your vet can give you a quote. Please talk to them and do the right thing for you and your pet.