Neutering can have many benefits including; avoiding unwanted pregnancies, stopping undesirable behaviours and can help to protect against certain illnesses, such as cancer.

Neutering is an operation carried out by a vet. In male animals, the testicles are removed – this is called ‘castration’. In female animals, the ovaries and the uterus (womb) are removed – this is called ‘spaying’.

Neutering Cats

Neutering your cat will stop them from having unwanted kittens. The UK is already experiencing a cat population crises with many cats in rehoming centres.

In female cats, neutering also prevents certain illnesses, such as cancer of the ovaries or womb, or pyometra (an infection of the womb that can be fatal).

Neutering can make male cats less likely to roam, fight and spray urine in the house. They will also be at a lower risk of developing bite wounds which can lead to abscesses, and contracting some of the cat viruses that are often spread by fighting.

Kittens should normally be neutered at six months old. You should keep your kitten indoors until they’re fully vaccinated and neutered, for protection from disease and to stop them from breeding.

Many people believe that neutering causes weight gain. It’s true that a neutered cat can be more prone to gaining weight, but providing your cat with the right diet and exercise will make sure he or she maintains a healthy weight.

Neutering Dogs

Spaying is an operation generally carried out in young bitches at around six months old, usually before their first season, or in older bitches around three months after their last season.

Spaying your bitch will prevent unwanted pregnancies as well as minimise her risk of getting mammary tumors in later life. Your bitch will no longer come into season, suffer from false pregnancies or be at risk of womb infections.

If you are not intending to breed from your bitch then we advise that she should be neutered.

Castrating a male dog will make him less likely to pursue bitches, can reduce aggression and removes hormonally driven behavior, making him easier to handle. Castration also reduces the risk of some cancers such as testicular, prostatic and perianal tumours.

Castration is usually performed from the age of 6 months onwards depending on the size, breed and temperament of the dog. Please ask your vet for advice on the most appropriate time for your dog.

Spaying female rabbits will prevent unwanted pregnancies and tumours of the uterus, which are very common in rabbits that have not been spayed. Entire female rabbits can also often have aggression problems.

Male rabbits can be castrated to help prevent fighting and urine spraying.

Neutering of male and female rabbits can be performed from 3 - 4 months of age.

Male rabbits are still fertile 8 – 10 weeks after being castrated so should be kept separate from unneautered female rabbits during this time.