Neutering Costs

How much will neutering cost?

This will vary depending on what sex and type of animal you are responsible for, and to some extent between vets. It’s something you should discuss with your veterinary surgeon, ideally before you bring a companion into your home. Some charities and vets can offer subsidised or discounted neutering schemes if you are eligible.

However, one should equally well ask:

How much will NOT neutering cost?

Bringing up a litter of puppies or kittens is an expensive business – in many cases the costs of feeding these extra mouths alone will be higher than the cost of neutering. Furthermore, if there are any complications with either pregnancy, birth or with the puppies or kittens afterwards, the veterinary costs can be very substantial indeed.

8 Comments

  1. Hi. I have 2 a mum and 2 offspring in my garden. Wonder if you know of any TNR people or vets in North Kerry who might offer low cost/reduced fees for neutering this little colony?

    Thanks,
    Claire.

    • Hi Charlie. Yes – there’s TNR in Bandon. Community Cats Network are probably closest to you – 086 4676111 (West Cork and surrounding areas) or https://communitycatsnetwork.wordpress.com/contact-us/. You should get Maggie on that number and she’s just down the road from you. Failing that Cork CAT are in Cork and might be able to come down – https://catactiontrust.wordpress.com – but Ann’s on holiday for another week so they might not get back to ye. Cats are getting pregnant as early as four months these days so great you’re getting on the case! I’ll email also to be sure ye get this.

      Thanks for caring about them!!!

  2. Hello there! We have taken a stray and her tiny kitten in from the roadside. They are setup her up in a very safe and warm and secure house in our shed. We lock the shed door at night so she cant be disturbed and we open it in the morning so she can stretch her legs. She is wary of us but I think she realises that we are not going to hurt her and she knows foods coming regularly whilst she nurses the kitten. We don’t need another cat but I want to give her and the kitten every chance. What’s the best route? Inoculations and neuter (for both) – when is the best time for that? the kitten is only a week old and she’s not much older herself. Apologies if this is a daft question! Regards

    • Hi Denise – asking questions is never daft – it’s great you’re asking them – and fair play to you for taking the family in. You can neuter mum at any time, but if she’s safe with her kitten I’d leave it till the kitten is eight weeks. You can inoculate them around the same time. If they’re feral and you’re not going to tame the kitten, he/she can be neutered from a healthy 8 weeks or 1 kilo – but not all vets are happy to early age neuter. Defo neuter before 4 months of age.

      The friendliness of the mum may determine what you decide to do – if she’s scared and liable to run and/or take her kitten somewhere else, you want to build her trust before doing anything. Or keep her indoors until she’s raised her kitten to eight weeks and been neutered.

      If she’s wary but trusting you may well be able to tame her with time and patience. If you think she’s better as a feral, free-roaming cat you’d be better not to try and tame her, to leave her be as much as possible – and use a trap to catch her for neutering. With the kitten, if you want to tame her to rehome, the best window for socialisation is between 3 and 7 weeks old.

      I’ve loads of info here: http://www.animaladvocacy.ie/irish-animals/the-socialised-cat/ including how to care for cats you take in and how to socialise.

      I’ve some info on estimating kitten age (if you’re not sure exactly how old) but there’s links to better pics on the same pages, eg. their eyes tend to open around one to two weeks. They tend to be around 100g when born and put on 100g a week – so weight is a good way to guess age also – eg. 400g would be around 3 weeks.

      I’d advise weighing regularly – any lack of weight gain, or weight loss, could indicate illness and you can often catch any illness before it gets serious this way. If in any doubt about health get em to a vet asap.

      Hope this is useful – loads more info at that link I mentioned.

      Muriel

  3. i have a kitten i brought home cause the people that owened the cat just let her keep having kittens and the tom keep taking them and killing them so when i c this little white thing playing with a stone couldnt leave her there to b killed but cant afford to have her nutered so i dont let her out causei dont want her to get pregnant,but i love her to bits

    • Fair Play to ye Rita! Many cats remain happily as indoor cats their entire lives – in fact it’s the norm in the States and Canada. They’ll have special needs as a result – keeping entertained for example. The RSPCA have some good advice on keeping indoor cats here: http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/cats/environment/indoors. It’s also worth considering a feline companion for her to keep her company while you’re out. If you’re not neutering, she’d have to be female.

      You might want to consider neutering her just in case she gets out. She’ll possibly get quite frantic when she comes into season – and you may have male cats calling round and trying to get in to court her. If you check with your local vets, there may be one who does reduced cost neutering. And many are happy to take payment at, eg. a fiver a week, and will neuter after the full cost is covered.

      If you let me know your location I could let you know of any local TNR groups that might be able to help with the people who you got her from.

      Thanks again! Is always great to hear of people like yourself, caring for animals that need help!

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