Cat Protection
Cat Protection
Cat Protection
Cat Protection

There are thousands of unwanted cats in the UK, please don’t add to that number! Be a responsible owner and have your cat neutered (both males and females) between four and six months of age.

Some of the benefits of neutering:

Neutered male cats

  • Will become less likely to roam (reducing the risk of being run over).
  • Will become less likely to fight, thus improving their chances of avoiding serious diseases, like feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) which are transmitted by cat bites and reproductive activity.
  • Will be less likely to mark their territory with urine (spraying).

Spayed female cats

  • Can avoid unwanted pregnancies (It is NOT beneficial for a female cat to have a litter before spaying, this is a myth. Cats only become maternal AFTER the birth of the kittens).
  • Will be less likely to contract diseases spread by bites and reproductive activity.
  • Won't call and wail during their sexual cycle.

Cats recover very quickly from neutering operations but we’d recommend following your vet’s advice on how to look after your cat after the operation.

Cats Protection can help with the cost of neutering if you receive State Benefits or are on a very low income AND ARE UNABLE TO PAY TO HAVE YOUR CAT NEUTERED YOURSELF.   Please remember that each branch of Cats Protection is entirely self funded so the money being used to pay for this operation has come from a local donation of some sort and is not any form of government funding.  Although we are willing to help you get your cat neutered you should remember that by taking on a cat you have taken on the responsibility of looking after it yourself and should only ask for charity help as a last resort.  

Free neutering is available at the following surgeries: 

Castle - 1 Tilehurst Rd, Reading RG1 7TW 
Tilehurst - 19 School Rd, Tilehurst RG31 5AR 
Furry Friends - 2 The Colonnade, Overdown Road, Tilehurst RG31 6PR
Oakley - 65 Oakley Rd, Caversham RG4 7RN
Companion Care (Pets at Home) - 10 Brunel Retail Park, Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2 0HB
Burghfield Veterinary Surgery - 1 Tarragon Way Burghfield Common RG7 3YU
Beechwood Veterinary Centre - 35 Beechwood Avenue, Woodley RG5 3DE

You do NOT need to register at any of these surgeries in order to qualify for the free neutering  If using one of our designated vets, your cat will be microchipped for free at the same time as the neutering operation is performed.  You will then be able to register your cat with your own personal details. 

If you can’t get to one of the designated vets, you may use any other vet in the Reading area, but our voucher will only cover part of the cost (20 for a male, or 26 for a female). You will need to pay the balance of the bill yourself. The free microchipping offer is not available at non designated vets.

We offer free neutering ONLY to residents of the areas covered by this branch of Cats Protection (please see the CONTACT page to confirm if you live in our area).  Even if you can get your cat to one of our vets where we offer free neutering if you do not live in our area we will refer you to your local Cats Protection Branch.  Free neutering is something offered by THIS branch and your local branch may not have the same offer.

Our neutering vouchers have a short expiry date, so please don't request one until your cat or kitten is at least four months old.

To apply for a neutering voucher, please click here.

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