Spaying & Neutering

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What does the term Spaying or Neutering mean?

Spaying is a term used to describe the surgical removal of ovaries and uterus (ovario-hysterectomy) of a female animal). Neutering is a term used to describe the castration – removal of testicles of a male animal. However, neutering can be used in reference to both genders. The surgical procedure performed by a veterinarian under general anaesthesia, renders the animal unable to reproduce. Analgesia (pain control) is also normally offered.

When can you neuter/spay your pet?

Both procedures can be performed as early as six weeks of age. Early neutering by six months of age is recommended since this guarantees that the animals will not be able to breed and over-populate a community.

Why should we neuter or spay?

Statistics confirm that thousands of dogs are euthanized in Irish pounds every year. Having your pet neutered ensures that you are not contributing to this unnecessary and tragic waste of lives.

Health benefits

Through neutering and spaying, you can help your pets live happier healthier and longer lives. Early neutering prevents uterine infections (pyometra) as well as mammary, uterine, ovarian and testicular cancer. Additionally, the procedure may eliminate of curb undesirable behaviors such as the crying and nervous pacing of a cat in heat and roaming in search of a mate and sexual mounting in males. In turn, cats and dogs which are less prone to roaming are also less likely to be lost, stolen or hit by a car. If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will get along better if they are neutered. There is also both surgical (vasectomy, tubal ligation) and non-surgical alternatives (injectable) to neutering for birth control. Ask your vet for information.



1148763_629550613735268_1288936054_nA feral cat is a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild, or the descendants of such an animal. It is distinguished from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, while feral cats are born in the wild.

The importance of spaying or neutering a stray cat immediately it arrives in your garden, housing estate, farm or workplace cannot be stressed strongly enough. Otherwise a situation develops which quickly spirals out of control.

Every week, rescues hear the same story over and over again. People phoning seeking assistance for cats will say: “It began with one cat who strayed into us and we started feeding it.” And the caller usually ends by saying; “and now we have 10 / 12 / 15 / 20 cats in our garden/housing estate/farm/workplace.”

How did that population explosion happen? Uncontrolled breeding due to a lack of spaying/neutering. This is why there is such a huge feral cat over population crisis in Ireland.

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