Unless you are planning to breed from your kitten we encourage you to have him/her neutered.
Unless your pet is to be used for breeding purposes, we recommend neutering your cat at around six months of age. This entails castrating male cats and spaying (ovariohysterectomy) queens.
Unspayed females over this age are very likely to become pregnant if going outdoors or be continuously in and out of call (season) if kept indoors - this can be very distressing for both cat and owner.
Male cats which are left entire are likely to urinate (spray) in the house to mark their territory. They will also roam a lot further than castrated males therefore increasing the risk of road traffic accidents and cat fight injuries.
Male and female cats will require a short general anaesthetic for the procedure and are able to go home later on the same day as the surgery. Neither male nor female cats will have skin sutures after their operation. We are able to perform cat neutering at our Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes (Cos Lane) and Leven surgeries. Please just give the surgeries a call to arrange a date and our receptionists will give you all the necessary details.
We will recommend worming your new kitten at their primary vaccination appointments and will give you information then about future worming protocols. As a general rule, cats going outdoors should be wormed every 3 months with a product effective against all commonly encountered worms.
It is particularly important to regularly worm cats that are hunters. These cats are much more likely to be infested with tapeworm, seen as ‘rice grain’ segments at the cat's anus or in its faeces. Since fleas can carry the intermediate stage of some tapeworms a cat can become infested after ingesting a flea during grooming.
It is therefore very important to ensure an adequate flea control program is also in place in order to minimise the risk of worm problems.