How Much Does Cat Neutering Cost?
Cat neutering is the removal of a cat’s sex organs in order to prevent it from reproducing. Spaying is the term used for the neutering of female cats, which involves removing its uterus and ovaries. Castration, on the other hand, is the term used for neutering the male cats; this is done by removing the testicles. This procedure is very important in order to avoid the spread of too many wild cats.
How much does it cost to neuter a cat?
- The cat neutering cost ranges from $75 to $250 depending on the size of your pet and the clinic that is going to perform the procedure. The type of procedure as well as the geographical location can play a role when it comes to the neutering.
- Two of the most common types of neutering today require either a scalpel or a laser. While most vets prefer to use the laser due to the faster healing process, there are still vets out there that will use the older process such as using a scalpel.
- Cat neutering for a female, also known as “spay,” has 2 different sites for incision, which can make the process rather complicated. Cat spaying can range from $150 to $425.
- Cat neutering for male or “castration” ranges from $160 to $325.
What are the extra costs?
- Prior to the neutering procedure, you need to have your cat checked by the vet to make sure that the pet is mature enough and is physically stable enough for the operation and administration of anesthesia. An office exam fee may apply. A vet may take blood work as well as run any other necessary tests.
- A vet will also want to make sure that the cat is up to date with vaccinations. If the vaccinations aren’t up to par, these will be required. See: “How much do cat vaccinations cost?“
- For cat castration, you can choose to have the testicles retained. However, you will have to pay for an additional price which ranges from $120 to $180 or less depending on the area where they will be retained.
- The use of a collar for active cats is necessary in order to prevent them from scratching their operative site.
What is going to be included?
- Pre-neuter check-up to check to see if the cat is ready for the procedure.
- The sedation and general anesthesia to be used during the procedure.
- Usually, the follow up appointment after the operation is included for the removal of sutures; this is otherwise known as the post operative care.
- Antibiotic therapy after the operation will be included.
Tips to know:
- Neutering is going to greatly control the animal population. By neutering, you won’t have to worry about your cat getting pregnant or getting a female pregnant around the neighborhood.
- This is an investment that will save you money in the long run, since you will not have to worry about any unwanted litters.
- Males and females that are treated are less likely to wander around or become aggressive.
- Many people think you have to wait until six months to get their cat neutered. This isn’t the case! Check with your local vet because chances are, if your cat is younger than six months, they can get neutered today.
- Ask the vet how long they’ve been practicing and how long they have been working on the procedure. This will give you an idea how well they can perform the surgery on your cat.
Reasons to get your cat neutered:
- Male cats can father as many as 100 kittens in just one year!
- Neutering helps prevent stress and other diseases.
- It will reduce the chances that he wants to roam outside to mate.
- Many cats that don’t get neutered will seem very anxious and can even destroy objects in the house.
- Eliminates the power of a male’s urine.
How can I save money?
- You should inquire around your local area to see if there are available low cost neutering program for cats. Many Humane Societies will do it for a low cost. Another great resource to find low-cost cat neutering is via the website Aspca.org. If you look hard enough, you may be able to find one that will do it for free.
- Check online on the different prices that clinics offer for your cat.