Feral Services

Feral spay/neuter program

 

In an effort to help curb the significant pet overpopulation in our area, Coastal Cat has instituted this special program to help surgically sterilize the wild/stray cats who most other veterinarians are often not willing to even try to touch. Please spay or neuter any ferals you choose to feed since one cat can turn into hundreds of cats in just a few years.  And if you feed ferals, they tend to be thriftier and make more kittens who survive better and further complicate your overpopulation problem.  Feed them if you like, but please spay and neuter first!

Got a stray mama kitty that keeps leaving you litters of kittens to find homes for (or to get squished on the road) once or twice every year? Or a stray tom that keeps spraying your yard and terrorizing the neighborhood? If you can get them in, either by coaxing them into a carrier or trapping them in a humane live trap, we offer special discounted rates on spaying/neutering the ferals in the community. These surgeries are NOT what we would recommend for your regular pet kitty since they will not get as much quiet recovery time and supervision or extra pain medications, and the type of cats we do this surgery on do not typically permit a pre-surgical screening exam, but it will at least sterilize the cats and get them at least this one rabies vaccine so that they are not reproducing and probably causing a lot less havoc in the neighborhood. No frills, but it gets the job done!

You MUST schedule this in advance.  Do not just show up with a feral cat in a trap.  You may be disappointed. The very last thing we want is for you to blow your one chance at catching a wild cat and for us to be closed, be completely booked, or have all of our spay packs used for the day.

As part of the feral spay/neuter program, the left ear will also be "tipped" (as pictured above) at the time of surgery to signal to neighbors (and animal control) that this cat has already been spayed or neutered.  The ear tipping is not negotiable with the feral-priced surgery. Ear tipping is also recognized world-wide as part of the trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs. This way the same cat will not be trapped repeatedly by other well-meaning individuals for another surgery. Also, Animal Control recognizes the trimmed ear as well and will not typically trap and destroy spayed/neutered ferals unless they become a public nuisance.

Cats must arrive in a live trap or in a carrier/cage in good condition. A carrier must also be provided for the cat to recover in and return home. We may be able to rent you a live trap as our two cycle through and return to us. Animal Control also can rent you a live trap. Inexpensive live traps are available for sale at places like Harbor Freight.  Our trap rental fee is refunded to you entirely when you return the trap in good condition.

Feral spay/neuter surgery includes: spay or neuter, 1 year rabies vaccine, a first distemper vaccine, tipping of the left ear, cats will be treated for fleas/ticks/ear mites at an additional cost since these parasites will travel to other cats in our facility. These services are required. They are all-inclusive in our pricing with the exception of the flea/anti-parasite product chosen to best cover the parasite burden of the cat when presented.

You may choose to add combo testing for feline leukemia and feline aids, de-worming, better pain medication (if cat can be confined for an additional 3 days), etc at additional cost.

We are not the least expensive feral spay/neuter program in the area for a few reasons.  First, your tax dollars and license plate fees are not defraying costs here.  We get no state or local funding, so this is something that Coastal Cat  is doing just to try to do what we can to help with a known and huge issue in the county.  We know we can't help everyone, but we try to do what we can to contribute to the solution to the pet overpopulation issue in Onslow County.  Second, we do not have doctors and staff donating their time to get this done like may be found at many of the other official spay/neuter clinics.  We are a staff of 3 so we can't assembly-line like a lot of other places do, and we still need to be able to take care of our regular clients and patients' needs.  Your cats get individual attention, even the ferals.   Hopefully we can help at least a few more cats get sterilized that would otherwise be "littering" the county.

For more information on feral cats and what you and others can do to help out, please visit this web site:

www.alleycat.org (national)

Call our staff to discuss options and pricing during regular office hours.