Lots of kittens are given as Christmas presents every year, but did you know that a cuddly little kittie acquired just last Christmas may have already reached sexual maturity? International Cat Care explains the issues and urges a proactive approach before it is too late:

From around the age of 5 to 8 months, kittens reach sexual maturity and are therefore capable of breeding and producing kittens themselves. Accidental litters can lead to a huge increase in feline population size, which often leaves many kittens homeless or left in rescue centres and animal shelters.

Neutering a cat – castration in the male (removal of the testes), and spaying the female (removal of the ovaries and uterus) – not only prevents unwanted pregnancies occurring and keeps the feline population size under control, but also curbs unwanted behavioural patterns associated with sexual maturity and reduces the risk of certain diseases.


They have has some excellent advice about why you should neuter your cat, covering both females and males on their website where you can read the full details:

Neutering your cat

If you haven’t had your kitten neutered yet, we strongly recommend a visit to your vet!