Neutering your male cat can vary greatly in cost depending on the veterinarian or clinic, whether you have insurance and other factors.
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What is Neutering?
Neutering is the removal of the testicles. Generally, it is recommended that cats be neutered between six months and two years old. The cost of not having your cat neutered can include aggressive behaviour, marking territory with urine and, of course, impregnating females and producing more kittens.
The cost of neutering at a private veterinarian or veterinary clinics can range from £39 to £130. When considering a provider, ask if the quoted fee includes related charges such as anaesthesia, hospitalisation and antibiotics.
Pet insurance may lower the cost of the procedure. However, insurance is usually more cost-effective if your pet will also require other procedures, such as vaccinations, medications or routine check-ups. Insurance is a good idea for a kitten just starting out in life.
Some clinics, shelters or organisations may offer neutering at a more nominal fee, or sometimes for free; look for the words "low-cost" or "low-income." Appointments may be available only on a limited basis; a couple times per month, for example.
Finding a Low-Cost Clinic
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) maintains a free and low-cost spay/neuter database, as does NeuterSpay.org. See the Resources below, and enter your Postcode to find a nearby clinic.
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