Thursday, April 17, 2014

General Information on Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for Cats

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All public spay/neuter procedures are performed on alternating Saturdays and Sundays, by appointment. Thank you for your support and for spaying and neutering your pets!

Surgery Costs
Cat Spay: $60
Add $10 if pregnant

Cat Neuter: $40

We require a $25 deposit to hold your appointment. Call 770-593-1155 to schedule your appointment today.

Day of the Surgery:


Please arrive at the shelter between 8 AM and 8:30 AM on the day of the scheduled surgery. Your cat will be ready for pickup between 3 PM and 4 PM the same day. If you do not pick up your cat by 5:30 PM, there will be a $20 late charge.

Please note the following:
  • Cats must be 12 weeks of age or older.
  • Cats must be in travel carriers.
  • If your cat is over seven years of age, you must have pre-anesthetic blood work performed by your veterinarian. You must bring the satisfactory report with you the day of the scheduled surgery. PLEASE NOTE THAT PAWS ATLANTA DOES NOT PERFORM PRE-ANESTHESIA BLOOD WORK.
  • You must bring proof of current rabies vaccination with you the day of your scheduled surgery. If you do not have proof of rabies vaccination, PAWS Atlanta will administer the rabies vaccine for $5.
  • The $25 deposit will be credited towards the cost of your final bill upon checkout.
  • All public spay/neuter procedures are performed on Saturdays and Sundays, by appointment.
  • PAWS Atlanta requires that all animals receive proper pain medication during and post-surgery. The cost of the medication will depend on the weight of your pet.
In the event that you have to cancel, you must do so by calling 770-593-1155 72 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT and speak to a member of our staff. If there is no answer, we are on the other line. You must leave a message for us to note your cancellation. If you do not cancel or reschedule your appointment 72 hours before your appointment, your $25 deposit will NOT be refunded.

FAQs on Spay/Neuter Procedures for Cats

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Please click on a question below to read the answer. If you have additional questions, please email us or call us at 770-593-1155.

What is the difference between a spay and neuter procedure?

Why should I spay or neuter my cat?

When should I spay or neuter my cat?

What is removed during a spay surgery?

What is removed during a neuter surgery?

What is cryptorchidism and how does it affect the neuter procedure?

What if I cannot tell if my cat is male or female?

Does a "real" veterinarian perform the surgery? Do you use anesthesia?

Will the spay or neuter procedure change the personality of my cat?

Can you spay a cat that is in heat? How can I tell if she is in heat?

Can you spay a cat that is pregnant? How can I tell if she is pregnant?


 What is the difference between a spay and neuter procedure?

 Spaying is performed on females and neutering is performed on males.

Why should I spay or neuter my cat?

It is good for the community and good for the health of your cat.

In addition to helping to alleviate the pet overpopulation crisis, spaying may reduce the chance of mammary and uterine cancers, which are fatal 90% of the time in cats.  If you spay before her first heat, you have the greatest chance of preventing these diseases. If you neuter your male cat before 6 months of age, you can prevent testicular cancer. You will reduce territory marking in your male cat and the behaviors (yowling, screeching, marking) that accompany the heat cycle in females.

When should I spay or neuter my cat?

If you have a female, it is preferable to spay before her first heat cycle. We can spay or neuter a kitten if she or he is over 12 weeks of age. If you have an adult cat, we can spay/neuter her or him as well and you will be doing your part to help the pet overpopulation crisis.

What is removed during a spay surgery?

A spay surgery is also called an ovariohysterectomy. The ovaries and the entire uterus are removed.

What is removed during a neuter surgery?

Both testicles are completely removed during a neuter procedure. The skin that held the testicles will typically shrink and become unnoticeable.

What is cryptorchidism and how does it affect the neuter procedure?

Cryptorchidism is a condition that results when one or both of the testes do not descend or "drop" from the abdominal position during fetal development in a male cat. We cannot neuter a male cat that has this condition in our clinic.

What if I cannot tell if my cat is male or female?

Gently turn your cat on his/her back. You will notice the sex organs that will allow you to determine the sex of your cat. If you really cannot tell if he/she is male or female, you may bring your cat to a vet who will be able to tell the sex of your pet.

Does a "real" veterinarian perform the surgery? Do you use anesthesia?

All spay/neuter surgeries are performed by a board certified Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine (DVM). We utilize anesthesia because spay/neuters would be too painful and risky without the anesthesia. We do NOT peform pre-anesthetic blood work. We require that you bring a satisfactory report of pre-anesthetic blood work to the shelter on the day of your scheduled surgery if your pet is 7 years of age or older.

Will the spay or neuter procedure change the personality of my cat?

Female cats typically at least half the year out of their heat cycles. Behaviorally speaking, a female cat will act spayed most of the time. No personality change should be noted. It is important to know that a cycling/in heat cat will be extremely solicitous of attention. This behavior will stop after spaying. If performed early enough, neutering your male cat may stop him from marking his territory.

Can you spay a cat that is in heat? How can I tell if she is in heat?

Cats who are in heat may display the following behaviors:

  • Yowling or screeching
  • Urinating outside the litter box
  • Assuming the mating position, forelegs bent, head down, buttocks in the air
  • Spraying vertical surfaces with a strongly scented fluid.

Can you spay a cat that is pregnant? How can I tell if she is pregnant?

We cannot spay a cat when she is visibly pregnant and whose milk has formed. You must wait at least one month after she weans her litter before we can spay her.

Sometimes it is difficult to determine if your cat is pregnant. If she is not visibly pregnant, we can spay her and her developing kittens will be removed during the spay procedure.

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