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Free Spay and Neuter Vouchers for Cats and Kittens
When available, Purrfect Pals provides vouchers for free public spay and neuter for cats and kittens which can be redeemed at participating low-cost spay and neuter clinics.
These vouchers are intended to help owners and caretakers who are unable to pay for surgery at low-cost clinics.
Vouchers cover the cost of surgery only. Any additional services (vaccines, microchips, testing, flea control) are the responsibility of the owner or caretaker.
A voucher certificate must be issued before you schedule your surgery appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions – Cat Spay & Neuter
WHY SHOULD I SPAY/NEUTER MY CAT?
Getting your pet spayed or neutered can:
- Improve your pet’s health
- Reduce unruly behavior
- Save on the cost of pet care
The most important thing to know about spaying and neutering is that it saves lives. In every community in every U.S. state, there are animals sitting in animal shelters waiting for homes. Only about half of those dogs and cats will ever get one. The other half will be euthanized. Making the decision to spay or neuter your pet means fewer pets—pets as sweet, loving, healthy, and deserving of companionship as your own—will be euthanized for lack of a home.
ISN'T MY CAT TOO YOUNG TO GET FIXED?
For many years, veterinarians were taught that cats and dogs had to be a year old to be spayed or neutered. Later, they were taught that six months was appropriate. Today we know that kittens and pups can be spayed or neutered at the age of two months (or two pounds). The American Veterinary Medical Association has endorsed this practice called Early Age Neutering; the animals recover more quickly from surgery when they are young. Today some vets will spay/neuter at eight weeks of age, while other adhere to the old practice of six months of age. The average age at which pets are spayed or neutered is four months.
HOW YOUNG CAN CATS GET PREGNANT?
“Adolescent” cats and dogs as young as five months can get pregnant. For many reasons, it is important to spay or neuter BEFORE the first litter is born – before six months.
SHE'S PREGNANT? BUT THEY'RE BROTHER AND SISTER!
Cats are less discriminating than people and a brother and sister from the same litter can create their own litters by the age of five months. It is not a good idea to allow this to happen.
MY CAT HAD KITTENS. HOW SOON CAN I GET HER SPAYED?
Mother cats can become pregnant while they are still nursing. It is important to keep a nursing mother away from other adult cats of the opposite sex. We can spay a mother as soon as the kittens are weaned, (typically 6 weeks) and because of the risk of pregnancy this should be done.
WILL NEUTERING MY CAT STOP HIM FROM SPRAYING?
It is best to alter males before they reach five months of age, and before they start “spraying” or “marking.” Even if a cat has started spraying, neutering may help. It usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks for the hormones to subside after the neutering. Neutering helps prevent spraying, roaming and aggressive behavior.
WILL MY CAT FEEL PAIN DURING SURGERY?
Your kitty will be under anesthesia and will feel no pain during surgery. You should keep the animal quiet and indoors after surgery while she or he heals.
IS IT SAFE?
Spay and neuter surgeries are the most commonly performed animal surgeries. Most animals experience relatively little discomfort (anesthesia is used during surgery, and pain medication is generally given afterward) and are back to their normal activities within a day or two.
WILL MY CAT'S BEHAVIOR CHANGE AFTER SURGERY?
Your kitty’s behavior will not change except that neutered male cats will be less likely to fight, roam and spayed females will no longer go into heat.
WON'T MY CAT BECOME FAT AND LAZY AFTER HE'S FIXED?
Your cat will not get fat and lazy after being spayed or neutered unless you feed him/her too much. To keep your pet healthy, ensure they get regular exercise. Plenty of toys and scratching posts are important!
ISN'T IT BETTER TO LET HER HAVE AT LEAST ONE LITTER?
Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.
WON'T MY CAT FEEL LIKE LESS OF A MALE IF I HAVE HIM NEUTERED?
Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
WHAT IF I PROMISE TO FIND GOOD HOMES FOR ALL THE KITTENS?
You may find homes for your pet’s puppies and kittens. But you can only control what decisions you make with your own pet, not the decisions other people make with theirs. Your pet’s puppies and kittens, or their puppies or kittens, could end up in an animal shelter, as one of the many homeless pets in every community competing for a home. Will they be one of the lucky ones?