Friends of Ferals believes that having your cat neutered is an essential part of responsible cat ownership.

Neutering has many health benefits as well as helping to reduce the number of unwanted cats in the UK.

Take a look at this for a very shocking statistic!

Unspayed female cats are adding to the estimated 2.5 million stray cats in the UK alone. This number is hardly surprising when females can have three litters a year producing up to six kittens each time. Not all survive, particularly if the cat becomes pregnant when little older than a kitten herself. To prevent this, females should be spayed at four months old, the time when they can become sexually active.

There is no benefit to the cat in letting her have a litter before she is spayed but if she already has had kittens, she should be neutered when they are seven weeks old or she will become pregnant again. This will not affect her ability to feed the existing litter.

Friends of Ferals often come across unneutered male cats that have obviously not been born in the wild. They may even have been a much-loved pet in a previous life but because they have wandered off in search of female company, they have become lost and most do not find their way home.

To prevent this, males should be neutered at four-five months old, but can be neutered at any age. Without neutering, they will travel far and wide, crossing busy roads and fighting territorial battles with other unneutered males. This makes them the most at-risk group of contracting the FIV virus, which is transmitted through deep bites. It cannot be transmitted to humans, or dogs, but only other cats.

If unneutered male cats carry the virus then females are at risk if they are bitten or scratched during mating, which can be very violent when several males are fighting over one female.

It is just as important to neuter males as it is to spay females. It is, after all, the males that do all the damage!

Please remember there are an estimated 2.5 million strays on our streets, living on the edge and in crisis. Please don’t add to this epidemic. Please be a responsible cat owner.