The average lifespan of a neutered pet is much longer than that of an unneutered one.
Unspayed females can develop breast cancer or severe uterine infections by the time they are 8-10 years of age. Unspayed females are also in heat frequently, during which time they are noisy and troublesome to live with. Worst of all, there are still very many unwanted cats abandoned or destroyed every year because there aren’t enough homes for them all.
Unneutered male cats have very strong smelling urine, which they like to spray in the house to mark their territory. They are also prone to wander in search of female cats and are very territorial as well. These traits lead to high rates of death from being run over by cars, fight wounds and contagious illnesses (for some of which there is no cure e.g. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia Virus). Male cats are also, of course, equally responsible for pet overpopulation.
We recommend spaying (surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus) of female cats, and castration (surgical removal of the testicles) of males, for all pets that will not be used for purebred breeding. This should be done when your cat reaches 4-6 months of age. Your cat will be a healthier, happier pet, and you will have done your part to reduce the pet overpopulation problem.
While your pet is anaesthetised we can also remove any retained baby teeth, implant a microchip, and check the ears and nails.