Neutering your male cat offers a number of benefits for your family and for your pet. Plus, the cost is often more affordable than people think, especially since there are low-cost options for the procedure available at animal shelters and clinics.
Neutering provides a number of benefits for male cats and for their families. Urine marking, for example, is reduced 80 percent after the procedure. Fighting and roaming behaviors are reduced 60 percent immediately and go down about 90 percent over time.
Reducing your male cat's tendency to roam can keep him alive longer. Roaming cats can be injured or killed in many ways, such as:
- Moving vehicles
- Wild predators
- Other cats
- Cruel humans
- Diseases, including feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus
- Parasites, including fleas and ticks
- Severe weather
- Poisons, such as antifreeze or pesticide
The Neutering Procedure
Neutering cats is actually a simple process. The cat is placed under anesthesia. When he is asleep, the veterinarian makes a small cut on the cat's scrotum and the testicles are removed through the incision. The surgical process takes just a couple minutes to complete. Because the cut is so small, the veterinarian does not even need to suture the wound and the incision heals on its own in about two weeks. Most cats are sent home the same day the procedure is performed.
Although the costs vary from veterinarian to veterinarian, the average cost to neuter a cat through a private clinic is between $50 and $100. That cost does include the anesthesia. You usually have the option of having presurgery blood work performed on your cat to make sure he is healthy enough for the anesthesia. Again, the costs for this service vary but average around $40.
You may have access to low-cost spay and neutering clinics that perform these routine surgeries at a reduced price to encourage more pet owners to have them done. The Humane Society of the United States offers a search feature that allows you to put in your ZIP code to find these clinics and programs in your area. At the Evansville, Indiana, Vanderburgh Humane Society, one of the clinics that provides these reduced price services, you can have your cat neutered for $30. You can contact your local animal shelter or SPCA since many of these organizations offer low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics on a regular basis. Your veterinarian also may know of affordable alternatives.
If you need additional help covering the costs of neutering your pet, a number of national and state organizations are available to help in those situations. The Humane Society of the United States has compiled a list of these services including their contact information so pet owners who need financial assistance can seek out the help they need.