A leading feline charity has launched an online video to explain the benefits of early neutering to cat owners.

A leading feline charity has launched an online video to explain the benefits of early neutering to cat owners.

Cats Protection comic stripCats Protection’s Guide to Early Neutering talks members of the public through the benefits of neutering at four months, compaed to the traditional six, and explains why the charity thinks it is the most humane and economic solution to unwanted litters.

Maggie Roberts, Cats Protection’s director of veterinary services, said: “Cats are such prolific breeders that if we didn’t neuter them we would have a population explosion that would end up with sick, stray and abandoned cats roaming the streets.  

“As a nation of animal lovers, I don’t think anyone would find this acceptable.”

According to research by Cats Protection, the vast majority of owners (94 per cent) are unaware their cats can get pregnant at four months.

Children’s TV presenter Sarah Jane Honeywell took part in the web video.

“I felt a bit guilty about getting my cats neutered when they were so small, even though my girl cat came into season when she was just over four months old,” she said.

kitten“But now I’ve seen the procedure, and seen how quickly the kittens recover, I would recommend that you get your kittens neutered, too.”

Cats Protection also runs an “early neutering register” of practices willing to neuter from four months.

The charity has also produced a vet version of its early neutering video, talking practitioners through the operation on a four-month-old kitten, however, the free DVDs are going fast. Contact veterinary@cats.org.uk for a copy.  

To view the general public early neutering video log on to the Cats Protection website. 

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