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Ask the Expert with Sue Barlett

Ask the Expert with Sue Barlett Ask the Expert with Sue Barlett
Posted 30 September, 2016

Ask the Expert – Sue Bartlett, PDSA Head Nurse, Community and Education

Q. I’ve heard it’s now recommended to get my cat neutered at 4 months of age but I thought it was best to let them have a litter first – I’m confused, what should I do?


A. Recent evidence showed neutering a cat at 4 months has many health & social benefits including a reduction in the risk of fighting & urine spraying, mammary cancer, spread of Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) & road traffic accidents. There will also be no unwanted/unplanned litters. Its untrue cats have to have a litter – it doesn’t benefit health and can cause more social problems. If your cat is older than 4 months many of the benefits mentioned still apply. PDSA will have vets and nurses available at National Pet Show to answer your queries.

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