Neutering is a big part of what we do at the Cats Protection, ensuring every cat/kitten that leaves our care is neutered. Kittens can reach sexual maturity from 4 months old and they can have up to 9/10 kittens per litter.. This gives an insight into just how many kittens one female could have in her lifetime, and how it can escalate and get out of control. Neutering has many health benefits, as well as helping to reduce the amount of unwanted cats. Un neutered cats are more likely to roam away from home in search of a mate, they are more likely to fight and cause injury to themselves and others, and at a higher risk of contracting infectious diseases. Some examples of these are :- FIV – This affects cats in a similar way as would the human HIV virus, making their immune system weaker and more susceptible to illness, FHV (Feline Herpes Virus), FPV (Feline ParvoVirus) which attacks the digestive sickness making them very unwell and can often be fatal.
Many cats that come from multi cat households tend to be malnourished due to the fact that they have to constantly compete for food with so many other cats around. They also tend to have a poor diet due to owners often struggling with the cost of food. They are at high risk of contracting infectious diseases and illnesses from each other. Cat Flu is very contagious and can be fatal for kittens and adult cats and if left untreated it can also cause blindness. One way to protect against this is by regularly vaccinating your cats. Symptoms of this are : - Sneezing, weepy and crusty eyes, lethargy, lack of appetite and a temperature. Fleas and ear mites are also very common within these living conditions.
In 2017 we visited a multi cat household and collected 13 cats from a home as the owner was struggling to cope. All of the cats who came into our care suffered with some of the issues as stated above. Here are some of their stories :-
USHI and URSA – These two sisters came to us full with flu and both had clouding of their eyes due to cat flu that had been left untreated. They could barely see and were in a lot of pain. They were very scared arriving to the centre as they had not had a lot of socialisation due to having to compete for attention with so many others around. They both underwent surgery and each had one of their eyes removed. After their surgery and lots of TLC from our cat carers, their health rapidly improved and they became very affectionate and confident. They were both rehomed together and have now found their happily ever after :)
XAVIER – Xavier was terrified and very wary of people, more than likely due to lack of socialisation. He also suffered with fluey symptoms which were then treated with medication. Every time we would approach him he would lash out at us out of fear. We tried our best efforts to socialise him but he was still very afraid and aggressive towards us. The decision was made to rehome Xavier to a small holding where he could have the outdoors to explore but still have that option to go near humans if he wanted. We have had an update on him and he is loving his new found freedom and will even let his new owners stroke him occasionally and has become very friendly.
Cats Protection runs a scheme where we can help you pay for your cat to be neutered and microchipped for just £5.00 if you are on low income or entitled to benefits. This would dramatically change their quality of life making them a lot happier. Just by neutering one cat, you are stopping them have litter after litter of kittens, and situations such as these would become more infrequent and save a lot of suffering for the cats involved. For more information please contact our neutering hotline on 03000 12 12 12