BEST OF CARE: MODERN MEDICINE, TRADITIONAL VALUES

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Penmellyn Vets St Austell
54A Holmbush Road
St Austell
Cornwall
PL25 3LQ

This gorgeous cat is Purdy. She came in today to be neutered. She recovered well and had lots of cuddles with our nurses.

She is a british short haired cat. Those big eyes were hard to resist.

Benefits of Neutering:

• Population control – It is important to neuter a female cat before she can have kittens herself.

beautiful cat with big eyes at St Austell Vets

This happens very quickly depending on breed, time of year born and individual development. The first season usually occurs around six months but can be earlier. Queens can have up to three litters in a year.

• Control of constant calling – Female cats will ‘call’ (come into season and be receptive to the male cat) about every three weeks during sexually active times of the year until they get pregnant. Having entire female cats in an area will attract entire males with the accompanying problems of spraying and fighting.

• Welfare issues – There are thousands of unwanted kittens born in Ireland every year – many of these may not be cared for and are likely to suffer from various infectious diseases such as catflu or worse.

• Health issues – Female cats which are not neutered are more likely to suffer from pyometra (infection of the womb) later in life and with mammary tumours.

– Queens with infectious diseases may pass these on to their kittens. – Pregnancy and birth are also not without risk.

When do I spay?
We advise spaying all female cats at 4-6 months of age. Cats can be spayed during or shortly after their season.

**Did you know?

Female cats ovulate in response to mating with a male cat so WILL become pregnant at any time during their season if they come in contact with a male.

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