There are a few terms that all basically mean the same thing, “taking away the ability for an animal to procreate. Or…for a female to get pregnant or a male to impregnate a female.
If you don’t want your female cat to get pregnant, or your male cat to get other female cats pregnant, the easiest thing to say is “get my cat fixed”.
Getting my cat “fixed” doesn’t denote the sex of the cat. It can be a male or a female. It works for both genders.
Spay on the other hand means to take out the uterus and ovaries of the female so she can no longer get pregnant.
Spay is only used for female mammals.
Similarly Neuter is only used for male cats or animals. It’s the process of removing the testicles from the animal.
One way you can remember, and please excuse my vulgarity here, think of the slang for a man’s testicles, “nuts”.
Neuter is (a little anyway) similar to “nuts”. Both words used in conjunction to males.
Getting your pet spayed or neutered can have a lot of benefits for both you and your pet such as your cat will spray less, pets will often become less aggressive and you’ll never need to worry about your female pet coming home with a surprise package in her belly 🙂