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Over the next few articles we will be talking about neutering cats and why it’s so important.

Neutering is the kindest thing a caring owner can do to protect their cat. Just like his big cat cousins, your male kitten will have a natural urge to spray and mark his territory. And a female kitten “in season” will probably be noisy and restless, squirming and rolling around on the floor. Neutering will help prevent this behaviour. Even better, it also has long-term health benefits.

A female kitten can get pregnant while she’s still a kitten herself, so should be spayed at four months (16 weeks) to protect her from an unplanned pregnancy. The old idea of neutering at 6 months is now considered outdated, and 4 months is becoming the ‘norm’. Research has shown that there are no adverse risks to spaying at this age, and that recovery times from the operation can in fact be quicker. Adult cats who were not neutered as kittens can be neutered at any age. In addition, many cat owners believe that female cats should be allowed to have a litter of kittens before they are spayed, but this isn’t true – it’s just an old wives tale. Neutering your male kitten will help keep him safe – ensuring that he doesn’t get into constant fights over females, and also that he doesn’t feel the urge to wander off in search of a mate. It’s all too common for un-neutered males to get lost or killed on the roads, because they haven’t been neutered. Neutering also helps the general cat population; the less un-planned litters there are, the more homes are available for the many cats and kittens that are needing homes. A simple ‘snip’ really does show you care!

Neutering is very straight-forward, so you can usually take your kitten home on the same day. They may be slightly groggy after the operation, so let them recover in a quiet area. Give them plenty of love and reassurance and they should be back to normal in 24–48 hours.

Our advice is simple – have your cat neutered at four months its the kindest thing if you care for your pet.

Adopting a Kitten? Make it a Double!

If you’re thinking about bringing a kitten into your life, there are many reasons why you should actually consider doubling that and bringing home a pair. Yes, think two instead of one, starting off with two may actually be much easier and more beneficial for the kittens and for you. Many people adopt a kitten and then a couple of years later realise they want a second cat. Since adult cats are territorial, the introduction process often requires some hard work and lots of patience. In many cases, the pet parents had originally thought about adopting two kittens at once but were concerned about the added work. In reality, a second kitten wouldn’t have added much extra work at all and the benefits of companionship would’ve greatly enriched both cats’ lives. Starting off now with two feline youngsters is much easier than adding a second adult cat down the road. They give twice the love, twice the cuddles and it’s very entertaining to watch two kittens playing together. Two kittens are also company for each other while you’re busy or away at work. There’s not much added day to day cost to having a second kitten particularly if you adopt older cats or kittens from us as we pay for injections, neutering and microchips. So if you’re thinking about adopting a cat or kitten and are unsure whether to adopt one or even two contact Theresa to discuss the options (680475500 10.00 until 18.00 any day). Pictures of all are cats and kittens awaiting adoption can be found on our web page www.cats-welfare-tenerife.com/pets. The page is updated daily so always has the latest availability. For general information you can also now follow us on our new blog at blog.cats-welfare-tenerife.com. You can subscribe to keep up to date with the latest information from us.

Did you receive any unwanted presents for Christmas? Donate them to us and you’ll be sure they are going to a good cause. Donations can be dropped of at our shop on San Blas in Golf del Sur (Behind Hiperdino). It is open 7 days a week 10.00 until 18.00 but Saturdays is 11.00 until 16.00. If you cant get to the shop ring Mark on 636590557 and he will arrange collection from you.