financial help for
cat neutering


Do you have an unneutered cat?
Are you struggling with the costs to neuter them?

The NEW Cats Protection scheme helps people who are struggling to afford to neuter their cat.

Find more information about this scheme on the Cat Protections website here.

Cat neutering can cost between £50-£100, but with potential surgery complications, the fee can spiral to be hundreds of pounds! Fees for a pet to be microchipped range between £20-30.

*From June 2024, cat owners in England will be legally obligated to microchip their cats, or will face potential fines of up to £500*

This scheme provided and paid for by Cats Protection will cost only £10 to neuter AND microchip your cat.

See below for more information for feral and community street cats.

The Cats Protection Scheme also covers feral and community street cats too. You and others in your neighbourhood or on small holdings can help to neuter one or a colony of cats.

Rain Rescue is playing our part in promoting and assisting this much needed Community Cat Scheme. It can be complicated, but not impossible to catch these cats, so traps can be loaned from us to assist with this (for a £100 deposit to ensure safe return).

Feral cats will not be microchipped but will be ear-tipped as a condition of funding.

More than one stray cat will require authorisation from Cats Protection. Vouchers are not to be used to support proactive breeding, independent rescues or other charities.

This scheme will:

To avoid unwanted pregnancies, please keep all unneutered cats inside the home. Cats breed every month of the year, giving birth to unwanted litters. 

PLEASE also think about the cost of owning a cat before taking on any new ones. Vet fees are rising, along with many other costs, and can come at any time. This scheme is subsidised by charities and the generous donations of the public who want to help cats without owners, and people who genuinely can’t afford to neuter them. Please do not abuse the scheme by buying unneutered cats and asking charities to pay for their neutering. 

Cats will mate from 4 months of age! They will breed with any unneutered cat, family or not. They do not need to have ‘just one litter’. A loved cat, is a healthy neutered cat. Keep them safe and in the home, until you can afford to neuter and microchip them.


An unneutered female cat, her mate and their offspring producing an average of 2.8 surviving kittens per litter at a rate of two litters a year adds up quickly:

1 year: 12 cats

2 years: 67 cats

3 years: 376 cats

4 years: 2107 cats

5 years: 11,801 cats

6 years: 66,088 cats

7 years: 370,092 cats

8 years: 2,072,514

9 years: 11,606,077 cats

Neutering one cat saves so many lives.

Facts about neutering you may be unaware of:

Neutering is the biggest preventative thing you can do to save more cats lives in the future.

Un-neutered male cats will be attacked by other larger old Toms and can get seriously injured causing them terrible pain and you a huge vet bill.

Un-neutered males and females will be chased out of area and lost, often being run-over as they don't know the area.

A young female can be mated at just 4 months old. They will be attacked and mated constantly by all the males out on the streets. Its horrific and frightening experience for them and then, when they are just a kitten themselves, they are giving birth at just a few months old. Its truly horrid. The kittens born are usually unhealthy and often die.

Un-neutered male and female cats can catch the terrible FIV/FELV virus which depletes their immune system and can kill them.

The only safe way to prevent un-neutered cats being bred is to keep your cat indoors and away from any other un-neutered cat if at home.

Breeding can lead to vet bills and health complications.

Un-neutered males and females are desperate to get outside during mating season (March - November) the she cat crying out and the tom trying to escape. Their temperament is often nasty as their hormones are going wild. They can't help themselves. This all usually calms down after a few months once neutered and hormones settle down.

Un-neutered toms will spray the house leaving a smell that will carry on your clothes and is most unpleasant and hard to get rid of.