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
- Will be less likely to contract
diseases spread by bites and reproductive activity.
- Won't call and wail during their
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
UNABLE TO PAY TO HAVE YOUR
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
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
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
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
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.