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Cats in the Stable

Spaying Bitches

Bitches are usually spayed from 6 months of age, preferably before their 1st season. The benefits of this are as follows -

  1. Significantly reduces the risk of the dog developing mammary tumours as mammary tissue has not been exposed to female hormones.
  2. Prevents unwanted pregnancies.
  3. Prevents a common and potentially fatal womb infection (pyometra).
  4. Prevents the inconvenience of a season i.e. messy discharge, unwanted attention from other dogs.
  5. Prevents false pregnancy, which is a common syndrome where bitches produce milk and can become quite distressed.

Spaying Cats

Cats are spayed from 6 months of age. The benefits of this are as follows -

  1. Prevents unwanted pregnancies.
  2. Prevents a potentially fatal womb infection (pyometra).
  3. Prevents persistent calling (vocalisation).
  4. Reduces the spread of infectious diseases spread through close contact with other cats i.e. FIV (cat AIDS) & FeLV (Feline Leukaemia).

If queens are feeding kittens then they can be spayed as soon as the kittens are weaned.

Castrating Dogs

Dogs are castrated from 6 months of age and ideally before 1 year old. The benefits of this are as follows -

  1. Prevents enlargement of the prostate which can obstruct urinary and faecal functions.
  2. Significantly reduces undesirable behaviour traits such as aggression, being territorial and roaming.
  3. Eliminates the risk of testicular tumours.
  4. Prevents inappropriate sexual behaviour i.e. mounting objects, children or other animals.

Castrating Cats

Cats are castrated at 6 months of age. The benefits of this are as follows -

  1. Prevents unpleasant smelling urine and spraying.
  2. Reduces wandering and the risk of unwanted litters.
  3. Reduces the spread of infectious diseases spread through close contact with other cats i.e. FIV (cat AIDS) and feline leukaemia.
  4. Reduces fights with other cats.

Rabbits

Both male & female rabbits can be neutered from 5 months of age.

Ferrets

Both male & female ferrets can be neutered from 6 months of age. Male ferrets may be vasectomised if required.