Vets are being asked to take part in an important survey about cat neutering at BSAVA Congress.

Sedated cat
The online survey hopes to discover neutering habits within UK practices. IMAGE: Andrew Forsyth/RSPCA.

Research is being carried out by the Cat Population Control Group (CPCG) into prepubertal neutering. The five-minute online questionnaire is aimed at helping the group understand more about feline neutering within UK practices.

Working together

The CPCG consists of a number of charities working together to maximise the effectiveness of the UK’s cat neutering efforts. They are:

  • Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
  • Blue Cross
  • Cats Protection
  • Celia Hammond Animal Trust
  • International Cat Care
  • the Mayhew Animal Home
  • PDSA
  • the RSPCA
  • Wood Green, The Animal Charity

It also provides support to veterinary professionals via the Kitten Neutering Database, an online training resource for veterinary practices wanting to move from six to four-month neutering.

Answer to overpopulation

Neutering manager for Cats Protection and spokesman for the CPCG Jane Clements said: “We believe neutering cats is the answer to the overpopulation cat crisis in this country.

“One of the CPCG’s key aims is to make neutering at four months the norm for cats and to support veterinary practices to make the transition.

“Sadly, there are so many unwanted cats in centres up and down the country – by lowering the age of neutering, we believe fewer unwanted litters will be born while the stress on animal charities having to pick up the pieces will lessen.”

Any veterinary professionals who would like to take part in the survey – and be in with the chance of winning a Motorola Scout Cam – should visit the CPCG on stand 309 at BSAVA Congress.

The questionnaire can also be completed online.

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of


related content

The BVA says it is “appalled” at the vote by legislators to reintroduce the tail docking of certain classes of working dogs in Scotland.

4 mins

Research from the RVC has shown brachycephalic dogs are 11 times more susceptible to corneal ulcerative disease compared to non-brachycephalics.

4 mins

Cardiovascular researchers have the opportunity to apply for a project grant to help enhance knowledge around the topic.

3 mins

Staff from Vets4Pets and Petplan raise hundreds of pounds for Bath Cats and Dogs Home at the charity's annual kennel lock-in.

2 mins

Most practices have emerged from the dark ages, when postcards and the odd phone call were the only ways of communicating with clients. Dr Ernie Ward explains how modern methods are driving revenue growth, enhancing patient care and boosting client satisfaction.

25 mins

The difficulties faced by practices trying to recruit experienced vets has led an increasing number to turn to new graduates. Taking on inexperienced vets can be a challenge, but when it works, the rewards to both employer and employee are substantial, says Jenny Stuart.

10 mins