How much does it cost to spay a cat?

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Spaying means removing the ovaries of your female cat.

In this article, we’re going to look at all possible situations when it comes to cat spaying and how much money will you be spending depending on various factors.

Costs of spaying depend on where you get it from

Typically, a high-end surgery will cost you around $200-500. I’m talking about getting it done through a private vet with a full facility. In this case, there’s very less scope of post-surgery complications or even medical care.

However, there are cheaper options as well and I’ve seen many local vets provide spaying services for as low as $100.

Now, the cheaper options depend largely on where you live but, in any case, make sure that you are dealing with a licensed vet. As long as that requirement is met, you shall be good to go. In no case will your cat suffer because it’s a process under anesthesia.

Besides local and private vets, you can also get your cat spayed in government vet hospitals. These hospitals although they don’t charge for the surgery but depending on your location, might charge for medicines, equipment, etc. ranging anywhere from $100-200.

Pet care NGOs also provide spaying services and usually charge around government hospitals but through different channels. NGOs won’t charge for anything, surgery, equipment, or medicine. However, they will charge a daily post-surgery care amount. Depending on your cat’s recovery and health, it can be as low as $50 or as much as $200.

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The average cost of spaying a cat

So, all in all, we can say that the average cost of getting your cat spayed comes around $180-200.

The area where you live also plays an important role in the overall cost. For example, certain cities have renowned NGOs that provide completely free service while many big towns have high-end facilities that charge not only for the surgery but for post-surgery care as well, while supplementing the care with additional medication, making the bill quite gigantic.

What you need to know

  • If post-surgery care is recommended, take it as a compulsory thing. Cats are more likely to open their stitches by scratching. That can lead to complications.
  • Even if NGO facilities are cheaper, it doesn’t mean that they do an incompetent job. You can place your trust in them completely.
  • Spaying costs more than neutering (male cats).
  • If you get pet insurance, you might want to opt for one that covers spaying already so that a portion of the bills is managed by your insurance company.
  • Spaying females might not be as easy and complications-free as neutering male cats but is still a day-long process. Your cat might need to spend the night in the vet hospital, which is mostly done to check how is she responding to anesthesia. Still, both the surgery and recovery are pretty fast.
  • Spaying a cat will mean external stitches, which the cats will try to lick or bite. For that reason, many vets will recommend getting a cone. Cones make your cat’s life more troublesome (like she can’t eat or curl properly, keeps getting stuck at odd places, etc.) but should be considered if you can’t watch her at all times.
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Once your cat is spayed, she should stay home for a few days and receive lots of love and care.

And with that, you have taken care of unwanted pregnancies in your cat!

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How will my cat behave after being spayed?

I’ve heard countless stories about cats that had just been spayed. A lot of them are simply wishful thinking or exaggeration by their owners as after the surgery, any cat owner is prone to giving each behavior a scrutinizing glance.

Still, the general consensus is that cats don’t really have a good time after the surgery. My personal experience has always varied from cat to cat but it’s safe to say that there were no upsetting, erratic, or dangerous behavioral complications.

Spaying improves your cat’s quality of life by a great deal. And although there are certain instances where cats show erratic behavior, get sick, or scratch themselves after a spaying surgery, it’s rare. However, for serious problems, get her diagnosed again and check for damage. 

Why do you need to spay your cat?

Your cat might sneak out and get pregnant, and then you’ll have additional cats to feed. Although kittens are cute, there are only so many you can care for, right? Cats tend to mate quite regularly – every 2-3 weeks, in fact, if she’s not pregnant already.

Anywhere from 4 months (for Siamese cats) to 10 months (most other breeds) of age – your cat will be ready to go into heat. And before she goes into her first heat cycle is when you should consider spaying her.

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It’s a good approximation to pin down the time she starts to have her first heat at around 6 months of age. Still, your vet should be consulted at this point because your cat’s unique medical history might tell otherwise.

So, all this means that you’ll be taking care of quite a lot of cats well within a year. And that’s why spaying your female cat (or neutering your male cat) is an appropriate action to take.

Also, during the heat, female cats show many behavioral changes that might not be pleasant. They may become irritated, might growl, and even take an offensive stance towards other cats.

Spaying them makes sure they don’t go into heat, thus ensuring these behaviors don’t materialize.

Additionally, Dr. Robin Strutz, director of Long Island Weekly Post Veterinary Technology Program maintains that statistically speaking, spayed or neutered pets live longer than their counterparts. The reason being, she believes, that they become less prone to many endocrinal and hormonal diseases.