Neutering your cat not only helps solve the serious problem of a burgeoning population of unwanted cats, but also makes for friendlier, easier-to-live-with pets.
Speyed female cats are more relaxed, playful and affectionate, while castrated males are calmer and less likely to 'spray' or urine-mark their territory, wander away from their home or fight. Plus, sterilisation has health benefits - it minimizes the risk of mammary cancer in females and reduces the incidence of prostate problems in males.
Speying removes the uterus and ovaries of a female cat, usually prior to the age of six months and before they come into heat for the first time. It is performed under general anaesthesia. Complications are rare and recovery is normally complete within ten days, at which point your cat will have her stitches removed. In general kittens recover very quickly after this procedure and are up and about in no time.
Castration, also carried out under general anaesthesia, removes the testicles of a male cat. The small wounds that result usually heal in about a week. It is a less complicated procedure than spaying and is often performed when the cat is five - six months old. The earlier the procedure the less likely that secondary male characteristics such as spraying and fighting become learnt and therefore difficult or impossible to undo.