Post # 1
Bees with cats (or veterinarian bees, if you’re out there), I’m trying to make arrangements to neuter my cat, and the first quote I got floored me. I’m trying to figure out if I need to get over it or if there’s a more fair price out there.
Background: My cat is 3 years and a few months old. I haven’t gotten him neutered because he has never had any behavioral or marking problems and has always been strictly an indoor cat. Also my mom’s cat was neutered and was really traumatized by the experience, so I didn’t want to bring that on my cat if I didn’t have to. I also haven’t taken him in for vaccinations for the same reasons, he’s strictly indoors and he is terrified of car rides. He got his first round of vaccines when he was a kitten, and that was it. When he was 6 months old, I brought home a spayed girl from the shelter. He never tried to mate with her, but unfortunately they don’t like each other. They sometimes chase each other around and get into scuffles at night. In a week, they have knocked over and broken a $1200 big screen TV and a corner table with a crystal vase that belonged to my FI’s grandmother (she died last year). This is the part where I started to wonder if he would be calmer after getting fixed.
So today I called a vet clinic, gave them his info, and they emailed me a quote totalling $493. The surgery itself is only $120, and it looks like some smaller charges (under $20 each) are for medications he will need and a cone collar. There’s also a $130 blood profile, a separate entry for hematology for $60, all the vaccines I don’t need or want, and $20 for them to see if his poop floats. They also automatically added a microchip, even though I don’t want that. Basically, I’m asking if everyone else had to pay this much and go along with all the extra stuff to neuter your cats, or should I try to find a different vet?
Post # 4
I think it was under $200 CDN with all the meds for our cat who was also older when he was fixed. You certainly don’t have to get all the extras. Just tell them that you only want the basics and see if they can send you a more reasonable quote.
My cat got really depressed after he got fixed. I am not sure he is calmer or just more miserable. He started pulling out his own fur afterwards. May be surgery is not an answer but the other cat has to go.
Post # 5
That sounds about average unless you go with a low cost spay/neuter non profit type program. You should be able to ask them not to microchip, and have that charge removed. The vaccines are nessecary- if you are going to put your cat in an enviorment around other animals (the vets office), it really does need the protection. I would think they would want to get those taken care of a week or two at least before the surgery. They take a little time for the immunity to be there, and animals can have reactions to them so you don’t want to be dealing with an allergic reaction and recoovery from surgery at the same time. The blood panel is a good idea- it can prevent serious complications during surgery. However at our vet this is optional. We did choose to have it done for the piece of mind.
Is your other cat fixed? If your boy cat is chasing her because she is in heat, then having him fixed can help. If its not a heat/pheremone thing, fixing him now may not really do a whole lot to change his behavior. You may see a slight behavior change, but I really don’t think its going to fix the problem you are having. It might be more realistic to look into separating the cats into separate rooms when they are unsupervised, and only allow them free reign of the house when you are there to supervise and break things up if they get to rough.
Post # 6
You should go to a different vet! That’s a ridiculous amount to pay. I got my almost 4 year old cat spayed for only $65, and the vet did a wonderful job with her and she didn’t tag on all those “unnecessary” add ons…
Post # 7
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I would definitely look at other vets…in my experience that is super high. I agree with @alishaloo that the Humane Society is a good option. If it were that expensive, no one would be able to afford to fix their kitties!
Post # 8
We had two of our cats fixed at the same time. 130.00 US for both. One was up to date on all shots, the other only needed a rabies shot.
You do not have to agree to the shots. The only one required is a rabies vaccination before they will spay or neuter. But, I would think about getting the distemper vaccination because this is one of the most contagious diseases for cats – and he would be spending an entire day, if not overnight at the vets office around other animals. The blood panel and all the extras (microchip) are not necessary, and neither is a cone. (I’ve had numerous pets spayed and neutered and none have worn a cone). Keep in mind, most vet clinics will require an “actual visit”… think of it as a human physical.
You could always try the local pound for a discounted rate. Our pound does it for 65 bucks – we got a better deal with our local vet though.
I am not a vet – just a cat lover 😉
Post # 9
That’s more than I payed to have my cryptorchid dog neutered at the best clinic in my city. I’d call and see if you can have some of those extra charges removed. I know my vet offers all those things but they aren’t required for a neuter. The rabies vaccine may be mandatory since it is required by law in most states.
Post # 10
i just called my vet to get a quote for my boy cat – $72 and my girl kitten was done about a month ago – $140
Post # 11
just wanted to add – I have found that the older the cat, the harder it is on them and the more they “react” to it. My 8 year old male was neutered. When we brought him home from the vet, he tried to jump on my bed but fell on the floor instead from being so doped up still. He crawled under the bed and didnt come out for 2 days. But after that, he was perfectly fine. He actually got alot more snuggly.
And our 3 month old kitten was spayed last year also. Have not seen a difference with her either, but then again she was only 3 months at the time.
Post # 12
@Mrs. Honey: @alishaloo: I thought of the humane society first also, but they say in this state, it’s illegal for them to perform surgery on animals that are not in their possession. Basically, they could only neuter him if I surrendered him to them. It’s a big shame, so many animals could benefit…
@Rusalka: Thanks for mentioning that! I already worry about his moods sometimes, I definitely don’t want him to get more sluggish. Some days he’s practically Eeyore. The other cat can’t “go” at this point because we’ve had her for over 2.5 years. She’s our furbaby, and she’s deaf so I’m extra protective of her. Fiance adores her. I think it would only work if a family member wanted her.
@nikkialys: I’ll ask them about the blood panel. I especially don’t get why there are 2 different hematology entries… The girl is fixed, she has been since before we brought her home.
@ImeldaV: That’s a great deal! I was expecting possibly up to $250, and I thought that was plenty reasonable
Post # 13
There is a great spay / neuter clinic that we have taken all of our pets to over the years and neutering the males has only ever cost $80 (with one exception that was a more complicated surgery). Now, I’m not saying you’ll find something exactly like that where you are, but I’d definitely look for a clinic or a low-cost program near you. Unless that was the only place to take him within 100 miles, it’s unlikely that I’d ever pay that much for a simple neuter (because the extras just aren’t necessary, in my opinion).
Post # 14
Thanks for sharing your experiences, bees! I’ll definitely contact the clinic and pass on what I learned from other cat owners. Hopefully they’ll be up front about what’s necessary and what isn’t.
@Bubblefish: I’d heard that before too, thanks for mentioning it! He already spends all day under the bed, I may not see him for weeks…
Post # 15
Whoa, No that’s how much it cost to get my son circumcised. That’s crazy! I paid 40.00 to get my cat neutered.
Post # 16
It definitely depends on the area you live, vet bills vary greatly in different regions. You should check out friendsofanimals.org – they have a spay/neuter certificate programs which is very cost effective and vets all over the country accept it. I believe theyre services range from $51 to $65 for cats.