You can stop more than just the arrival of too many kittens by having your cat neutered...
Every year, Blue Cross re-homing centres across the country take in a huge number of unwanted litters of kittens and pregnant cats.
Sadly, the number rises every year and we are appealing to cat owners to prevent the shocking number of homeless kittens by neutering their pet.
Just one unneutered female cat can be responsible for 20,000 kittens in just five years and there just aren't enough homes out there for them.
There are also several health benefits to neutering pets:
Spaying females can reduce the risk of several type of cancer and eliminates risk of womb infections.
Pregnancy carries significant risks to both mothers and young.
Neutering males can reduce the urge to roam and fight, meaning they are less likely to go missing, get hit by cars or injured in scraps.
Neutering can reduce the risk of catching Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), similar to human HIV, which may be spread through saliva while fighting.
Unneutered cats can become frustrated and unhappy and can display unwanted behaviour such as spraying or calling.
Talk to your vet about what is the best time for your cat to be neutered.
Cats have a long breeding season and females will come into heat frequently during this time, so make sure you keep unneutered cats indoors when they're in season to prevent any unwanted pregnancies, and remember to keep brothers and sisters apart until they have been neutered.
Blue Cross produces a range of free leaflets about animal care for all sorts of pets.
They are available to download from www.bluecross.org.uk
Source: This is Scunthorpe