CatsThe BSAVA strongly supports the practice of neutering cats (castration of tom cats and spaying of queens) for the over-riding reason of preventing unwanted kittens, thus removing the problems associated with finding homes or increasing the stray population.
Additional benefits of neutering cats include:
The BSAVA is a members of the Cat Group and supports the Policy of the Cat Group on pre-pubertal neutering (i.e at 4 months of age rather than at the traditional 6 months of age).
The BSAVA recommends that neutering of dogs should be considered in the following circumstances:
Before neutering for reasons of undesirable behavious it is important to consult a veterinary surgeons to ascertain the role of sexual hormones in the development and maintenance of the behaviour.
The BSAVA recommends that all non-breeding rabbits should be neutered ( ovario-hysterectomy and castration respectively) soon after they attain sexual maturity. The exact age varies with respect to breed, ranging from 4-6 months and up to 9 months in giant breeds.
Benefits of neutering include:
The BSAVA recommends that as a general principal alternatives to surgical neutering should be recommended in ferrets, but that options and potential risks and benefits should be explained and discussed with owners to choose the best solution for the individual ferret and the owners particular situation and requirements.