SPAY/NEUTER

“Spaying or neutering helps your pet live a longer, healthier life, saves you money, and fights pet overpopulation and euthanasia.” – Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals

SPAY/NEUTER FAQ’S

My cat is not going to be around other cats, should it still be fixed?
Yes. Even if you do not think your cat will be around other cats, it is still important that they are spayed or neutered because it improves their health and prevents mating behaviors. Male cats who are not neutered will yowl and tend to be more aggressive. Female cats who are not spayed will go into heat which is uncomfortable and anxiety inducing for both the cats and the owners. Intact cats have seven times the risk of developing breast cancer when they age and are more prone to testicular tumors and uterine cancer and uterine infections.

Do I need to wait until my female cat goes into heat to fix her?
No. Female cats should be spayed before their first heat cycle. It is recommended that cats are fixed before reaching sexual maturity. Spaying female cats before their first heat cycle prevents uterine cancer and uterine infections.

Will my cat gain weight once they are spayed/neutered?
While cats may need less food after being spayed/neutered to maintain a healthy weight, sterilization alone does not cause a cat to gain weight. An overconsumption of food, a lack of exercise, or a medical condition cause animals to gain weight.

Will my cat’s behavior change once they are spayed/neutered?
Sterilizing your cat will only reduce or end behaviors that owners or colony managers do not want. Spaying/neutering does not change an animal’s basic personality and there is no negative psychological effect on your cat.

What if my cat wants to experience motherhood/fatherhood?
Animals do not reproduce because they want to have children – they reproduce because their hormones tell them to. Once they are fixed, they will no longer have the urge to reproduce.

Why should I spay/neuter my cat?
Ultimately, you should spay/neuter your cat to promote healthy and happy living for your cat and yourself. Sterilizing your pet also helps control cat population and prevents the unnecessary euthanasia of so many feline friends.

LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAMS IN NYC

THE ASPA MOBILE SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC
The ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic offers $5 spay/neuter, rabies and distemper vaccination, nail trim, and e-collar on a mobile clinic in all five boroughs with proof of public assistance. $125 per animal if you are not on public assistance.
https://www.aspca.org/nyc/spay-neuter-services/mobile-spay-neuter-clinic

THE TOBY PROJECT
The Toby Project offers low-cost spay/neuter for NYC animals. To learn more, visit their website.
http://www.tobyproject.org/spay-neuter

FAITHFUL FRIENDS ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Discount spay/neuter and other veterinary services are offered to TNR certified individuals by appointment.
www.faithfulfriendsny.com

PARK SLOPE VETERINARY CLINIC
Discount spay/neuter and other veterinary services are offered to TNR certified individuals by appointment.
parkslopeveterinarycenter.vetstreet.com

SPAY USA
To find a low-cost spay/neuter clinic near you, even if you are not in the NYC area, please visit Spay USA.
https://www.animalleague.org/get-involved/spay-usa/

 

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