How much is it to get a cat fixed?
Generally speaking, the cost of a veterinarian visit for an annual exam and to fix a cat that appears to be sick is comparable to the cost of a car. The cost is much lower if you're just taking in a stray or sick cat to be fixed and neutered/spayed. If a cat doesn't seem sick, it's much cheaper for a family to keep and feed a cat instead of having it fixed. I would also suggest you consider whether or not you should actually be paying a veterinarian for the service. If you can get a veterinarian to spay/neuter the cat for free or for a nominal fee, you'd likely save a lot of money in the long run. A lot of veterinarians are more than happy to offer free services to help people who can't afford the full price for a surgery.
If a cat appears to be sick and you don't want to keep it, you can also have it euthanized by a veterinary office for free. The animal control person or hospital might not be willing to do this. They might want to charge you to release your pet, but they won't charge you for euthanasia. If you don't want to euthanize a cat yourself, you can have it euthanized by a vet and get credit towards the fee for the surgery. Some veterinarians will do this for free.
Here's my experience with one of these:
Our first cat, Siska, was brought to us by a neighbor whose mother passed away. We had no other cats and were a little wary of Siska at first, until we realized she was just lonely and needed a home.
She turned out to be a bit wild and a little crazy (which I knew from the start), but she was a really friendly cat who seemed to enjoy hanging around our feet and being scratched behind the ears.
A few weeks after she arrived, she had what appeared to be a hair ball stuck in her butt, but as we took her to the vet, the vet couldn't find anything wrong and prescribed her with anti-depressants and an anti-psychotic (I have no idea why).
After a few months, Siska started to show some serious signs of illness:
Loss of appetite
Sleeping for most of the day (the same couch, which I usually use, was the only thing she seemed to want to lay on)
Feeling very tired
Walking around with a really wobbly gait
Poor teeth (which were just as bad as the last cat's I fixed, I've had all four of them fixed at the same time)
The vet's tests came back negative, but we could see the deterioration in her health.
I called the pet hospital that we had visited the first time, and they were very kind to me on the phone and suggested that we visit one of their vets.
The first vet visit was about a month after Siska's problem, and I brought her and my husband with me. I had a feeling that if the doctor wanted to do any tests on Siska, she would probably take her to the vet hospital that I visited, so I decided to bring my husband along as a chaperone.
The first vet we visited was a young, pet friendly and sweet vet, who was really concerned about Siska's situation. She took her blood, did some abdominal x-rays, and then gave her some vitamins and anti-biotics. After looking at the x-rays, the vet said that it was most likely a hairball stuck in her intestine, and suggested I try to feed her some food that might help the problem. She suggested that if we wanted her to be fixed, we should get her spayed the next time.
I remember the second vet visit because of the first: it was around a month later, and my husband and I had just returned from the first trip to the pet hospital. I was really excited about our trip, because it meant that Siska would be fixed soon and wouldn't need to wait until we were able to visit her again.
When we arrived, Siska was just waiting for us on our porch, purring and looking up at me with her big, loving eyes. It was so exciting to see her happy again, and I was so excited to take her to the vet and make sure everything was okay. I knew that we were going to a nice vet and we wouldn't have to pay much, but when we walked in, I realized that I was wrong - it was a very, very small and very, very cheap vet.
The vet was young, but not in a very good way: she seemed really tired and kind of awkward. We told her that we had a cat who needed her help, and that we didn't want to pay for her services. She looked surprised. She told us that it was okay if we didn't want to