Spaying your cat
Kittens usually come into season for the first time when they are approximately four to six months old. They tend to come into season every few weeks if they are not mated. Cats may become more vocal and roll about on the floor a lot when they are in season but this is perfectly normal!
We very strongly advise that all female cats are spayed unless you wish to breed from them. This prevents unwanted pregnancies and reduces the risk of transmission of infections such as feline leukaemia virus.
The spay operation involves removing the ovaries when under a general anaesthetic. We can do this from 4 to 6 months of age and cats will normally go home in the evening on the day of the operation.
If you do wish to breed from your cat we recommend that you wait until she is a year old and fully mature herself, so keep her indoors to prevent pregnancy prior to this.
Your cat should be fit and healthy before you breed from her – she should be fully vaccinated and free from any health problems.
It is unwise to breed from cats with an aggressive temperament or any genetic disease.
If you have any questions about spaying your cat, please do speak with any of the Vet4Life team – we’ll be only too happy to give personalised advice for you and your cat. Call us on 020 8977 3955 (Teddington), 01932 229 900 (Shepperton) or 0208 390 5270 (Surbiton).