The cost to get a cat spayed depends on the type of clinic to which you go and your location. Having your vet spay your cat is typically the more expensive option, and vets may charge $200 to $500 for the procedure. Fortunately, most humane societies and animal welfare organizations offer low-cost spay and neuter clinics. You may even be able to get additional help depending on your financial situation.
Cost to get a cat spayed
You can opt to get your cat spayed at your vet clinic. The cost is set by veterinarians, and many vets may recommend or even require bloodwork or other testing prior to surgery, which is not required by most spay and neuter clinics. The bloodwork is done to check your cat's organ functions and ensure she is healthy enough to go under anesthesia. This can increase the cost of the procedure. You may pay a couple hundred dollars to have your cat spayed at a veterinary hospital, but you have the added benefit of establishing or continuing a relationship with your vet, who is your pet's primary care provider.
Alternatively, you can find a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in most municipalities. These surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians, and many clinics also offer low pricing for vaccines and microchips as well. Prices vary but you can typically get your cat spayed for less than $100. Animal Friends of the Valleys in California, for example, charges just $60 for a spay, while the Humane Society of Southern Arizona charges $85.
Financial assistance for spaying
You can also check for spay programs for individuals with low income. For example, the state of Delaware offers a low-cost spay/neuter program for individuals who are receiving other financial assistance, such as food stamps or Medicaid. Approved applicants can obtain a certificate for a $20 spay.
Another example is Pet Fix, a program in Pima County, Arizona, that offers spaying for a $15 copay. Some individuals may pay even less or may even get their cat spayed for free depending on their financial situation, but this program limits the offer to two pets per household.
About the cat spay procedure
Spaying is a surgical procedure in which your cat's uterus and ovaries are removed through an incision made in her abdomen. The surgery is done under anesthesia and usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Spaying is a safe, commonly performed procedure, and it is rare that a cat has serious complications. The most common issue is swelling and infection of the incision site after the surgery, which is often caused or worsened when a cat licks the wound.
At what age should a female cat be spayed? Cats can be spayed when they are just 8 weeks old as long as they weigh at least 2 pounds. However, most vets recommend spaying when your cat is 3 to 6 months old but before she first goes into heat. Older adult cats can be spayed as well. Be aware that you may be charged a higher fee if your cat is in heat or pregnant at the time of the surgery.
Spaying offers many health and behavioral benefits for your cat. It eliminates the chance of uterine and ovarian cancer, and spaying a kitten decreases the risk of breast cancer. Spaying prevents your cat from going into heat. This can stop behavioral changes, such as marking and constant crying while she is in heat. Spaying is especially beneficial for diabetic and epileptic cats because the hormonal changes associated with the heat cycle can interfere with medications.
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