Why should I have my cat castrated?
Castration is very beneficial to the health of the cat, especially if performed at an early age. Following puberty, which occurs at approximately eight to nine months of age; the male cat often develops a number of undesirable behavioral changes. He will become territorial and start to mark areas, even inside the house, by spraying urine. This urine has a particularly offensive odour and is difficult to remove. As the tomcat reaches sexual maturity, he will start to enlarge his territory, straying even father from the house especially at night. It is for this reason that many of the cats that are hit by cars are non desexed males. By increasing the size of his territory, he increases the likelihood that he will come in contact with other cats & will get into fights for territorial dominance. Inflicted fight wounds can result in severe infections & abscesses. Diseases such as FIV and FELV which can cause AIDS-like syndromes and cancers in cats are spread through cat bites. Last but not least, castrating prevents unwanted litters & the needless deaths of tens of millions kittens & cats each year. The longer a Tomcat sprays & fights, the less likely neutering will stop these behaviors.
When should I have my cat castrated?
Many veterinarians recommend castration at around five to seven months of age, although it Is becoming more common to perform this procedure at an earlier age, such as four months, in an attempt to control overpopulation. Please contact us for further details regarding our Desexing policies.
What does the operation involve?
Your cat will undergo a general anaesthetic. You will need to withhold food for twelve hours prior to surgery. However, your pet should have free access to water. In male cats, both testicles are removed through as small incision in the scrotum. Since the incisions are very small, & stitches may cause irritation of the sensitive skin of the scrotum. It is rare for the incisions to be sutured. Each animal that is desexed must by law now have an ear tattoo. The tattoo is a small symbol that is tattooed into the left ear while under the general anaesthetic.