Why it pays to spay your kitten

According to the PDSA’s 2017 PAW report, just 30 percent of litters of kittens in the UK are planned!

To mark World Spay Day 2018 (Tuesday, 27 February), the RSPCA advises on the importance of spaying to protect cats – and their owners – from an unplanned pregnancy.

Kittens having kittens

Tabby coloured kitten © RSPCA Photolibrary

Kittens can get pregnant while they are still kittens themselves - they can begin to give off signals to male cats that they are ready to mate from when they are about four months of age. (Be warned – whilst it’s not nice to think about, kittens who are brother and sister are not exempt from this behaviour and will mate with each other).

Although the age to spay a female cat has traditionally been six months, an increasing number of vets now spay at four months. Details of veterinary practices who will neuter your cat at four months old can be found on the KiND website.

Four simple steps to protect your kitten

We advise four simple steps to ensure that kittens are given the best chance of keeping in tip top health and protected from nasty diseases:

  • At eight weeks:
    Register your new kitten with a vet as soon as possible – give them a call and book them in for a checkup and vaccinations. Find a vet today.
  • At nine weeks:
    First vaccinations – to protect them from infections and diseases. At the same time your vet will give your kitten a health check – your vet will let you know which treatment for flea and worms is best for your kitten.
  • At three months:
    Second vaccinations – to boost their immune system as they get ready to explore life outdoors.
  • At four months:
    Spayed or snipped - to protect girls from getting pregnant and boys to prevent them from roaming which can help reduce the risk of being hit by a car.  And have them microchipped – to make sure your kitten has the best chance of coming home to you.

Getting ready to go outdoors

Once your kitten has been wormed and deflead, vaccinated, spayed or snipped and microchipped, they’ll be ready to start exploring the outdoors.

Start with short periods outside at first, during the day, while you are supervising, slowly increasing the time as your kitten gains more confidence. Make sure your kitten can easily get back inside at anytime and that your garden is free from hazards.

Don’t rush to let them outdoors at night – that can wait until they’re a bit older, more confident and able to find their way back home to you with ease.

We’ve got lots more advice to help you care for your kitten on our website.

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