We recommend all pet male cats are castrated as they will make a far better pet in most instances.
Entire tom cats develop a great tendency to roam looking for females and to fight with other male cats. Territorial spraying will be greatly increased and more pungent and may occur in the house.
Neutered male cats are usually calmer, more affectionate and more likely stay home. They are unlikely to spray to mark their territory, and where they do it is not as offensive.
Castration is a minor procedure involving the removal of both testicles through two small incisions in the scrotum. These wounds are not stitched. A brief general anaesthetic is required, so you cat will need to stay at the surgery for the day and be kept indoors for 24 hours following the procedure. Most cats are back to normal within 24 hours.
We recommend all pet female cats are neutered to prevent unwanted litters of kittens. A female cat can get pregnant from 6 months old (sometimes earlier) and have a large capacity for breeding. They will come into season every 2-3 weeks in spring and summer, often displaying signs of rolling on the floor and vocalising loudly - sometimes mistaken for pain and distress.
We recommend speying at 5-6 months of age, before any risk of getting pregnant. It is possible to spey a cat in early pregnancy with minimal increase in risk, although the wound may need to bigger.
Speying involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries and requires a general anaesthetic. The wound will either be on the left flank or on the midline, depending on the preference of the performing vet. A spey may be requested to be midline should you have concerns about hair coat changes in colour-point pedigree cats. Cat should be kept indoors for 7-10 days following speying with a litter tray to prevent harm coming to their wound.