Cats in Distress

Why Neuter?

Un-neutered cats are the biggest problem faced by rescues.

Why Is Neutering Important?

An un-neutered tom cat can mate with over 40 female cats a year. He can and will follow the scent of a female over seven miles away! While he’s out and about, roaming the area, he can easily get lost and find himself homeless when the romancing is over. Unless his owner has microchipped him and is lucky to have him found by a cat lover, poor tom is doomed to live a life of misery.

Nobody will adopt an entire (un-neutered) tom cat, or even tolerate him in the back garden, because he fights other people’s pets, male and female, and marks houses and gardens with a pungent scent.

Homeless and hungry, he will enter houses through the cat flap in search of food, only to get shooed away. Fighting for his survival, he will soon look run-down and battered and his chances of finding a new home dwindle even further. “Mangy toms” are usually not mangy at all, they are often simply neglected, undernourished and battle-scarred.

Toms are the most frequent feline victims of road death. The newest threat of all is a virus, the killer Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which is passed on during fights through biting when the saliva of an infected cat enters the bloodstream of the another.

What About 'The Girls'?

One unspayed female cat could be responsible for 10,924 kittens over a six-year period. This is a minimum total calculated by assuming she has her first litter when she is a year old (although this could be as young as six months), and using the low rate of only two litters a year for each mature female cat (most cats have three and four litters a year), and basing our calculation on four kittens each litter, two male and two female.

So neutering your female kitten before she is six months old could prevent a minimum of 10,924 unwanted cats looking for new homes, and would most likely extend your cat’s life by excluding the many risks involved in having kittens.

It is a myth that cats should be allowed to have one litter first.