WHY HAVE YOUR CAT NEUTERED?
An unneutered female could, potentially, give birth to this number of kittens in one year!! Read the last of our cautionary tales!
Apart from the fact that this is detrimental to the cat's health,it is highly likely that some of these kittens will end up neglected and homeless and may well be responsible for forming feral colonies.See FERAL CATS
It is equally important to neuter males. Unneutered males will wander far from home and, consequently,can get lost. They can be injured or killed crossing busy roads and they frequently become involved in fights with other unneutered males so putting themselves at risk of contracting FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) from injuries sustained during these fights. They can then pass this on to kittens. Unneutered males also spray very strong smelling urine to mark their territory. It is only when they have been neutered that their true personalities begin to emerge. FIV
It is equally important to neuter males. Unneutered males will wander far from home and, consequently,can get lost. They can be injured or killed crossing busy roads and they frequently become involved in fights with other unneutered males so putting themselves at risk of contracting FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) from injuries sustained during these fights. They can then pass this on to kittens. Unneutered males also spray very strong smelling urine to mark their territory. It is only when they have been neutered that their true personalities begin to emerge.
FIV, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus in cats that is similar to the human virus HIV. However FIV does not infect humans and HIV does not infect cats.
Cats catch FIV, primarily, through fighting but it can be passed from an infected female to her kittens. It cannot be transferred from cat to cat on people's hands or clothes. The virus, present in the blood, saliva and other bodily fluids of the cats ,is very delicate and cannot survive for long perods outside the cat. Once a cat has FIV , he will be positive for the rest of his life.
FIV positive cats can live a normal life span and often show no signs of the infection for years and they may, in fact, die from something else entirely unrelated before their FIV infection causes any problems.
Signs of FIV are varied but usually result from a weakened immune system and, therefore, a vulnerability to other infections.
There is currently no vaccine for FIV although getting your cat neutered reduces their chances of contracting FIV through fighting.
Keeping infected cats indoors, with a good diet and regular health checks at the vets, will help to protect them from secondary infections as well as helping to prevent the spread of FIV to other cats.
Please have your cats, both male and female, neutered. If cost is a problem you can usually get help, in the form of neutering vouchers, by phoning Cats Protection on 03000 121212.If you have no secure cat carrier or are unable to organise transport to and from the vets please contact us by phone or email and we may be able to help you. CONTACT US.
These are just a few of the explanations for not having cats neutered that some of our volunteers have heard.
They're brother and sister/ mother and son.
My cats wouldn't do such a thing!
Unneutered males make better mousers.
The boys aren't neutered because only females have kittens.
Oh that's Sylvester. Don't worry about him - he's gay!
We also constantly come across - "I want her to have a litter of kittens before she is spayed. It's good for her."
These cautionary tales may make people think twice about that!
One owner said exactly that then, after her cat had been in labour for 4 hours with no sign of kittens, the PDSA was closed and there was no one else to turn to, she contacted us. Result - an emergency operation to remove the large, dead kitten in the birthing canal, together with the other- also now dead- kittens waiting to be born. The trauma had a lasting effect on this poor cat and she died within the year.
Three weeks later and we heard a similar tale from a multi cat (13) household where only two of the cats were neutered. A female because she had had to have an emergency caesarian following birthing difficulties with her first litter and a male whilst being treated for severe injuries resulting from a cat fight with other "entire" toms.
We also came across a male who regularly went missing for up to seven weeks at a time and came back only when he was starving, severely injured, had cat flu, was completely worn out, or any combination of the aforementioned. He is now a home loving lap cat after his trip to the vet!
Lastly,and to illustrate just how quickly a female cat can get pregnant again, on a home visit to arrange the spaying of two females, a volunteer was told that there was another female that needed "doing" but she had six two week old kittens. On asking which cat was the mother of a twelve week old kitten, also in the house, she was told that that it too belonged to the nursing mother. Now gestation is nine weeks for a cat - the older kitten was twelve weeks old and the younger kittens were two weeks old so this means that she had been mated again in the first week of giving birth!!
SHE COULD WELL BE THE ONE WITH THE PRAM!!!