Without neutering, the UK’s cat population can quickly get out of control. Please don’t add to the plight of the thousands of unwanted cats already out there. Overpopulation increases feline infectious disease, stress related disease, feline conflict and compromises cats’ welfare.
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If you’ve made a new addition to your family by getting a kitten, you’ll need to make sure you’re not going to land yourself with a whole litter of kittens. Often, cats are neutered too late in life which unfortunately contributes to the number of unwanted cats in the UK. Cats Protection generally recommends that kittens are neutered at around four months of age or younger – although your cat can be neutered at any age.
PLEASE DON’T LET KITTENS HAVE KITTENS
If you don’t want to find yourself with extra cats and extra cost, we recommend that your pet cat is neutered at four months of age or younger. It is important that the procedure is done before the cat begins puberty, preventing any unplanned pregnancies.
The kittens born following an unplanned pregnancy:
- may be at risk of disease
- cost a lot to look after and be provided with veterinary care
(far more than is likely to be recouped from trying to sell them in a market where there are plenty already)
- may find themselves homeless
- may deprive another unwanted cat or kitten from finding a new home as there are not enough homes to go round
Many owners don’t know which roaming ‘stranger’ cats their unneutered pet may have mated with, so are unaware of the potentially fatal infectious diseases that the cat may have been infected with. Also the temperament of the tom can affect the behaviour of any offspring which are born. Risking mating with an unknown ‘stranger’ can lead to the birth of kittens that are unsuitable as family pets.
You are eligible for cost assisted neutering or spaying vouchers if you receive any of the following benefits or you are a student or earn less than £15,000 per year. This will reduce the cost of a spay or neuter to just £10.
- Income Support
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Benefit
- Income-based Jobseekers’ allowance
- Working Tax Credit (with exemption card)
- Child Tax Credit (with exemption card)
- Pension Credit
Further information on how you can apply may be obtained by calling the Cat-Line on 01332 206956 or emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please don’t leave it too late. Speak to your vet and book your cat’s neutering appointment today. It will benefit your cat, it may prevent your cat suffering and it is the most important action you can take to help the wider cat population.