Debunking neuter myths

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It can sometimes prove difficult to separate fact from fiction. There are many myths that surround the subject of neutering and what may be best for your cat. So here we will try and simplify the matter and put any old wives’ tales to rest.

The Myths

My cat should have one litter before neutering

Evidence does not suggest there are any benefits associated with having one litter before neutering. In fact, having a litter entails the risks of pregnancy and birthing, and then of course the rehoming of kittens which can be more time consuming and harder than you may initially think.

It is dangerous to neuter before six months

Female cats are fertile from four months and now the traditional six month age to neuter has been revised, with many vets and pets taking part in the procedure earlier. The recommended age to neuter is four months. If you want to find out more on kitten neutering click here.

There are no studies to suggest that this inhibits growth or causes urinary problems. Actually, younger cats tend to recover more quickly than older cats after surgery.

It is too expensive for us

We can help!

We want to ensure every cat that needs this procedure can get it and we award vouchers to help with the costs. These vouchers are sent to and are redeemable by the vet of your choice. Click on the link above to find out more about financial assistance or call 01273 610 306 or email or pop on the website.

My cat’s personality will change

Unneutered males maintain a large territory as they look for females coming into season. They are more likely to fight with other cats, spray inside or outside the home, get lost from home and can become aggressive in the house.

Female cats will call when in season.

This behaviour will go when your cat is neutered. Their (mostly unwanted) behaviour will change but not their fundamental personalities.

A quieter, less aggressive, spray-free home can only be a good thing!


I have an indoor cat so I don’t need to neuter

Firstly, if your cat does manage to get outdoors the ensuing problems are endless; leading to lost cats, unwanted pregnancies and kittens, and risks to your cat’s health.

Just because your cat lives indoors does not mean they won’t display signs of coming into season. So females will call and try to get out, and males will spray and potentially become aggressive. Additionally, neutering your cat protects their health. Females are less likely to suffer pyometra (infection of the womb) and neutered males less likely to contract diseases.

Cats Protection Brighton and District believe is it part of responsible pet ownership to neuter.

My cat will be in pain

Modern pain relief means that the process is quiet painless. Vets can also give cats pain relief injections covering the period after surgery. If you are unsure speak to your vet or watch this video on the process of neutering.

After neutering my cat will get fat

Most pets become overweight because they are not fed properly or get little exercise. Neutering does not make cats fat.


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