How to Spay Or Neuter Your Cat For Free

By Jodi Thornton O'Connell

Spaying and neutering your cat not only helps to control populations of unwanted animals, but also can end unwanted behavior such as roaming, yowling and spraying. The procedure eliminates your cat's risk of testicular, ovarian or uterine cancer. It also may make it less likely that your pet will get into a fight over a mate.

Finding Free Offers

Check out the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' online database to find free and low-cost programs in your area. Other online animal rescue organizations also maintain onsite listings of free programs. Check with your local humane society and rescue organizations to ask about free spay days. Some organizations provide financial assistance to help with vet bills, including spaying or neutering your cat. Check out All About Animals Rescue's Financial Assistance page to find organizations in your area.

Getting Services

The clinic will let you know how long to limit food and water prior to surgery. Bring your cat in a carrier to your appointment, as other animals will arrive at the clinic around the same time to check in for their spay or neuter. If you have a morning appointment, you'll usually pick up your animal midafternoon when she's had time to recover from the anesthetic. Appointment and pickup times may vary, based on the clinic's procedures. When picking up your cat, be prompt, as some clinics charge \fees to hold animals past the pickup time, making your free service no longer free.