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How Much Does Cat Spay or Neuter Cost?

 
average costNeutering: $50-$100high costSpaying: $100-$200
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  Typical costs:
  • The cost of neutering usually ranges from $50 to $100. The cost of spaying, which is more complicated, usually ranges from $100 to $200.
  • The cost of neutering and spaying vary by geographic region and even by veterinarian.
Related articles: Cat Declawing, Owning a Cat, Buying a Cat

What should be included:
  • Neutering benefits include: reduced desire to roam, fight and mark territory.
  • Spaying benefits include: reduced risk of mammary cancer if spaying is done at an early age, as well as prevention of urine marking and heat cycles.
  • VeterinaryPartner.com[1] offers an overview of the benefits of neutering and spaying.
Additional costs:
  • Most veterinarians offer the option of pre-anesthesia blood work, to make sure the liver and kidneys are working properly, for about $40.
  • It can cost $25 to $30 extra to spay a female who is overweight or in heat.
  • It can cost $50 to $100 or more extra to spay a pregnant cat, depending on the stage of pregnancy.
  • Laser surgery sometimes is available for spaying or neutering, at an added cost of $30 to $50 or more.
Discounts:
  • Most shelters and humane societies include the cost of neutering or spaying in the adoption fee.
  • In some cases, it is possible to obtain low-cost neuter or spay services, where a veterinarian offers services at a reduced rate or where a clinic, shelter or local government subsidizes the cost, which can be as low as $20 for neutering or $30 for spaying. Spay/USA[2] provides referrals for low-cost spay and neuter.
Shopping for cat spay or neuter:
  • To find a good veterinarian, ask fellow cat owners, breeders or humane associations. Or, check the American Veterinary Medical Association[3] to find your state's veterinary medical association for a referral.
  • Ask the veterinarian how long he or she has been practicing, and how much continuing education he or she receives each year. Then, visit the clinic to look at cleanliness and attitude and ask about policies and prices.VeterinaryPartner.com offers a guide on how to find a veterinarian[4] and a list of questions to ask[5] .
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Male Kitten almost 4 months neuter and laser declaw
Amount: $241.20
Posted by: catmama in Davenport, IA.Posted: May 13th, 2013 04:05PM
Breed: domestic shortType of Procedure: neuter and laser declaw
Neuter was $70.05 and laser front declaw $171.15. Declaw may go by age/weight as they did note that. The bill says the price includes exam, pre-op blood work, anesthesia and monitoring, surgery costs, nail trim hospitalization and pain meds. I just had the required basic blood work. They offered extra blood work in the $50 and $70 range, but really didn't push it. They kept him overnight and sent home syringes with pain meds. They also called a few days later to check on him. If anyone is in the Quad City area on the IL/IA border, I highly recommend Kimberly Pine Veterinary Hospital.
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Spay New Kitten
Amount: $270.13
Posted by: marlow in Copperas Cove, TX.Posted: February 12th, 2013 05:02PM
Breed: domestic shortType of Procedure: spay, shots, etc
I was floored when I got the final bill. I was originally told $160. I went back to look at previous vet vaccinations and the neuter on one of the other 2 cats we have, and the fees were roughly the same with exception to the actual procedure. Spaying is more complicated, and of course, we dont want the pet in pain, so it was worth it. Wont be getting anymore pets though.
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Neutering through TEAM
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Terriberri506 in Hartford, CT.Posted: January 14th, 2013 01:01PM
Breed: Male domestic shorthairType of Procedure: Neuter
TEAM, Tait's Ever Animal Matters has a mobile spay/neuter service. $80 for neutering, rabies and distemper vax, nail clipping, brief exam and er mite treatment if needed.rnrnI highly recommend heir service.
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Neutered Cat
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Rakehell in New York, NY.Posted: January 8th, 2013 10:01AM
Breed: ManxType of Procedure: Neuter
Prices ranged from $200-$400 to neuter a male cat at a vet's office. The ASPCA does it for $125, while The Toby Project will neuter your cat for free if you can't afford it.
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spay of kitten
Amount: $409.00
Posted by: janeinmia in Miami, FL.Posted: November 27th, 2012 06:11AM
Breed: tabbyType of Procedure: spay
My vet just quoted me $409 for spaying, PLUS meds. I almost fainted! In the past, I've gotten very high end care for $100, which I'm willing to do again.rnrnPeople have commented to me how expensive my vet is but I never knew what they were talking about till now.rnrnI'm looking around for a lower cost.
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FLOORED by the bill
Amount: $515.00
Posted by: a user in Orrington, ME.Posted: November 12th, 2012 01:11PM
Breed: Maine Coon mixType of Procedure: Spay
My husband took our 6 month old Maine Coon mix kitten in to be spayed today. They presented him with an ESTIMATE of the bill, showing approx. $500 for the whole rigamarole -- pre-procedure blood work, the procedure, anesthesia, etc. I just got off the phone with him, and the bill was, including having our Golden Retriever's fatty lumps checked, $575! We have a male cat who is neutered and a female cat who is recently deceased -- it has NEVER cost that much to have our animals fixed! We love our vet, all of the people working there have been fantastic to us, but THIS is ridiculous!
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Neuter
Amount: $365.00
Posted by: Djoyner in Washington, DC.Posted: August 18th, 2012 08:08PM
Breed: DogType of Procedure: Neuter
Need to be on government welfare or unemployment to get my dog neutered at Animal Rescue League. Sad. I suppose that's why Romney said the poor is taken care of. But I cant vote for him because I use to be a Mormon and if people only knew the truth about Mormon beliefs, you'd be afraid or at least very concerned. It's not what they confess in public...sort of but much more to it. Staying home on election day. Anyway...took dog to Banfield Vet Clinic. Ended up signing up for monthly care for $28 bucks a month plus I had to add my neutering service another 29 bucks. Per month. Plus $185 to cover 1st visit and enrollment fee. If you are poor in this country-- you dont pay the enormous taxes I pay, you get free cell phone, food, checks for your kids, discount housing, discount everything. I can barely afford to get my dog neutered. The poor live pretty here. I think this country is in trouble.
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Neutering and spaying of cats and dog
Amount: $375.00
Posted by: Shirley Jane robinson in Mahopac, NY.Posted: May 4th, 2011 12:05PM
Breed: DomesticType of Procedure: Spay
I would like to make a comment, it is advantageous to have your animals fixed, but why are vets so greedy, when I want my cat spayed I just want her spayed not with extras that the vet adds on.
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Operation Pets
Amount: $65.00
Posted by: Jessica82 in blasdell, NY.Posted: April 10th, 2011 11:04AM
Breed: female kittenType of Procedure: spay
price includes up to date Vaccines . If you want to add flea treatment it's another $10 and i highly recommend it because your pet is going to be around a lot of other animals on the day of surgery who may have fleas.
You drop off your pet in the morning and pick them up in the evening. They are very friendly and clean. You must be a low income household however to qualify for this pay/neuter program.
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mittens
Amount: $10.00
Posted by: Mittens and Ollies Mommy! in jonesborough, TN.Posted: March 16th, 2011 10:03AM
Breed: mainecoone, bobcat mixType of Procedure: spay
Call your local animal shelter. I had my cat spayed at 9 weeks old. She came home the same day and she got her distemper and rabies and my bill was only 10.00 :)
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I wish I was on welfare
Amount: $56.00
Posted by: JamieinNH in Barrington, NH.Posted: February 25th, 2011 04:02PM
Breed: Lab mixType of Procedure: Spay
I got an estimate to spay my 5 year old dog for $836.50...
What a joke, if I didnt have a job and was collecting welfare I could get it done for free...this country is really screwed up!!
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outrageous spaying costs
Amount: $470.00
Posted by: chrisaria in Alexandria, VA.Posted: February 23rd, 2011 03:02PM
Breed: catType of Procedure: spaying
A homeless cat adopted us, just showing up in our back yard before Christmas. Now we took her to the vet, apparently she has not been spayed yet. I was a bit shocked that a spaying procedure would be 470 $! Isn't that an outragous rip off. That vet can't count on my business.
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Spaying a 10 month old healthy cat
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Diane G in Hudson, MA.Posted: February 23rd, 2011 08:02AM
Breed: Type of Procedure: Spay
Hudson Aniimal Hospital. Refused to quote a price before the office visit. I took her in for an office visit 2 weeks ago to have her vaccinated for rabies and distemper cost - $109.00. Dr would not give me a price and told me to call back. I called today, a week before the scheduled procedure and was quoted $400.00 - $500.00 and was told they were doing me a 'favor' by not charging for an office visit before the procedure. Needless to say I have cancelled the appointment. Buyer beware.
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Cat Neutering Procedure
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: CatLover in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: January 18th, 2011 03:01AM
Breed: domestic medium hair maleType of Procedure: neuter
The procedure itself was around $50.00. It's the other "recommended" items that add up. Plus, since he was a "stray", he had worms, fleas and ear mites, so the treat them cost more...
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spay
Amount: $267.00
Posted by: kittenfan in mount dora, FL.Posted: December 21st, 2010 06:12AM
Breed: short hair catType of Procedure: spay
Getting a cat spayed up north took a short time, a few stitches, if any, and was over quickly. Down south, it takes hours, dozens of stitches to close a huge wound, taking the cat back to get the stitches removed, back again to have the wound examined, etc. This did not include any blood work, flea or ear mite treatment. Only the surgery and the pain meds.
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spay/neuter
Amount: $320.00
Posted by: Tristan's Mom in Fairfax, VA.Posted: December 1st, 2010 05:12AM
Breed: domestic shorthair catType of Procedure: neuter
The cost to spay/neuter and other Vet services in my area is outrageous!
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cat and dog spay
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: nans in chicago, IL.Posted: November 26th, 2010 11:11PM
Breed: simese cats bichon frise dogType of Procedure:
I thought it was going to be expensive to spay my cat and dog since everywhere I went was over 200...then I wish I had known about PAWS. My cat had kittens and I had to get them neutered as well. At paws its only 30 for the procedure for each pet. Vaccinations were 20 or free depending which ones your pet needed. I recommend paws because in some cases this procedure is free. I found out about it from my sister and I wasn't dissapointed they took care of my animal and were very helpful answered every question.
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cat spay
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: carla g in Boston, MA.Posted: November 21st, 2010 12:11PM
Breed: maine coonType of Procedure: spay
i took my 10 month old cat for a pre spay visit and had an estimate of $145 given the actual bill was almost double that without blood work. The spay estimate was close to $500 and blood work will be an additional $92...the cost included a $270 discount from a spay/neuter assistance program!!!Have decided to shop around before going back there
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Cost to spay in Houston, Texas
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Pat Walz in Houston, TX.Posted: November 12th, 2010 07:11AM
Breed: AbyssinianType of Procedure: spay
After waiting less than a week, I took my 3 year old Aby to be spayed at SNAP here in Houston. She received the best of care for $50. Support your local low cost spay/neuter programs!!!!
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Cost to Spay a cat in N. Florida
Amount: $102.00
Posted by: Rachel1919,com in Madison, FL.Posted: September 3rd, 2010 09:09PM
Breed: long haired whiteType of Procedure: spay + rabies shot
I made an appointment to get my 7 month old female cat spayed this week and it costs $92.00 for the spay procedure plus $10.00 for a mandatory rabies shot. So it comes out to $102.00. A male cat would cost about half that. The place is called Madison Veterinary Clinic and the vet is Dr. Lewis.
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2 cats nuetered
Amount: $320.00
Posted by: pissed off in rochester in rochester, NY.Posted: June 10th, 2010 05:06PM
Breed: regular housecatsType of Procedure: nuetering
we were supposed to pay $20 a cat then when they got the cats apparently they HAD to do bloodwork before they cut anything and then one cat had earmites so that was another $25 for medicine and get this my vet then got mad cause it was what he called "flea season" and one of my cats had 5 fleas on him so he wanted me to buy flea meds. i asked how much they were and almost crapped my pants at the cost, why he got mad was because i told him i was gonna buy them elsewhere and i did and i got them WAY cheaper.
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cat spay
Amount: $59.00
Posted by: Pris in Santa/ Fountain Valley, CA.Posted: May 18th, 2010 07:05AM
Breed: tabbyType of Procedure: spay
Because of my previous expensive experience, and the happy reasonable one after that--I say--shop around for spay and neuter services. A year and a half ago, I took a female kitty to a vet that I have been going to for six years. I didn't discuss price because it had been fairly reasonable in the past. The bill with shots came to $285.00. There was no mention of a pregnancy, etc.I was shocked by the bill, and vowed I'd find a much less expensive , but still caring place next time.
Last month, I took another cat to a different vet (after doing some vet shopping) to be spayed--she received the surgery, pain meds, Rabies shot ---all for $59.00. She could go home a few hours after the proceedure, recovered well at home. When shopping for spay and neuter services, call well known animal welfare organizations and see if you can't get better prices with good and caring vets.
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CAT spay and neuter in Lake Co, CA
Amount: $40.00
Posted by: kabuky in Clearlake, CA.Posted: April 21st, 2010 04:04PM
Breed: Moggy (mutt cat)Type of Procedure: 1 spay; 2 neuter
I took 3 cats in to have spayed/neutered. I was quoted $40-$100 for the neuters - had one of the boys neutered at the SPCA for $40 and the other at the vet for $40 though 2 other vets wanted well over $100 for neuters. I was quoted spay cost as $100 & rabies shot ($16) with overnight stay at one vet's (the one who neutered my boy) while others quoted $152-$175 without rabies and same day take home.

I figure the one vet (Waddington) keeps her prices down at her cost to help with local feral cat population problems whereas the others don't care.
I have horses - one vet wanted $140 for meds even when I told them I knew the meds were $95 including shipping (as company had always previously shipped directly to me but I needed a new RX). Vet refused to let it go cheaper than $140 then charged me $42.50 for office visit and $16.50 just to write the prescription for the meds to buy directly for a 3 month supply. I let them know I would use another vet (a 50% markup on meds?!?!?) as I would not support their greed (Middletown Vet Clinic).
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