Did you know that a female cat can become active at 16 weeks and can have up to three litters a year? With an average of four kittens per litter, you could rapidly see yourself overwhelmed by the numbers. Do not wait until it is too late and have your cat neutered now.
The reality in Ireland is that there are not enough homes for kittens and many will end up dying in terrible conditions. Whether you own a domestic cat or feed a stray cat, do the responsible thing and have your cat neutered. Your local vet will be happy to provide you with a quote for neutering. If you are not able to catch the cat, do not hesitate to contact us as we can help with trapping your cat humanely (see TNR).
The Benefits of Neutering
Apart from preventing the birth of many unwanted kittens, neutering also has many advantages for the cat.
- It improves the general health of the cat.
- It reduces unwelcome behaviours, such as yowling, spraying, wandering, etc.
- It reduces the spread of feline infectious diseases, such as FIV (Feline AIDS), FeLV (Feline leukemia) or FIE (the equivalent of parvovirus in dogs).
Because a female cat can become sexually active as young as 16 weeks old and a male cat can reach puberty at 6 months old, we encourage the public to neuter their kittens between 3 and 4 months old. Feral kittens should even be neutered earlier as there may be more difficult to catch at a later age. It is also very important to neuter kittens before they should be rehomed as there is no guarantee that the future owner will have it done on time. Do the responsible thing and have kittens neutered.
The video below highlights the benefits of early neutering. It is actually easier to neuter kittens before they have had their first season and with new techniques, it is also perfectly safe.
In Cork county, a few practices offer early neutering as long as the kittens are healthy. Here is a non-exhaustive list:
- Clare Meade at The Cat Hospital (Glanmire) neuters kittens from 500g (approximately 6 weeks old).
- Sinead Falvey at the Cloyne Veterinary Clinic (Cloyne, East Cork) neuters kittens from 8 weeks old.
- Kevin O’Sullivan at Glasslyn Veterinary Clinic (Bandon, West Cork) neuters kittens from 8 weeks old.
- Sunbeam Veterinary Hospital (Blackpool, Cork) neuter kittens from 2 months old.
- Midleton Veterinary Hospital (Midleton, East Cork) neuter kittens from 2 months old.
- Acorn Veterinary Clinic (Mallow, North Cork) neuter kittens from 3 months old.
- Blue Coast Veterinary Surgery (Youghal, East Cork) neuter kittens from 16 weeks old.