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Feral Cat Surgery

Thanks to a generous donation from P.A.W.S. of Michigan, the feral cat package is currently $15 instead of the usual $25!!

The PAWS Clinic offers a package for free-roaming cats that live outdoors full time (feral and stray cats who do not have a home).  This package includes spaying or neutering, a rabies vaccine, and an injection of  ivermectin to kill intestinal parasites and ear mites.  Additionally, these “free-roaming” cats are ear-tipped to show that that have been spayed or neutered.  Ear-tipping involves removing a small portion of the left ear tip, and is the universal visible sign to show that a free-roaming cat has been spayed or neutered.  The cost of this package is $25.

To qualify for the feral cat package, cats must live outdoors full time.  Cats that were born outside that are now house cats do not qualify for this package.  To qualify, free-roaming cats must arrive at The PAWS Clinic in a live trap with only one cat per trap – NO EXCEPTIONS!!!.  Live traps are available to borrow from The PAWS Clinic for a $60 refundable deposit.  Cats who brought in regular cat carriers do not qualify for the feral cat package, and will be charged the full $45 surgical fee, plus $12 for a rabies vaccine.

You may bring up to two feral cats at the same time to The PAWS Clinic without an appointment, Monday through Wednesday only.  If you want to bring more than two cats at a time, you must call the clinic at 313-451-8200 to schedule an appointment.

Drop off time for surgery is at 8am, and you must pick up the cats the morning after surgery promptly at 7:30am.

Note:  Do not attempt to transfer a cat from a live trap to a cage or a regular cat carrier.  You risk serious injury to yourself and the cat by doing this.   If you are not able to immediately bring a trapped cat to The PAWS Clinic, leave her in the trap and cover the trap with a sheet or towel.  Move the trap to a quiet place, out of the elements, until the clinic is able to accept the cat for surgery.

The PAWS Clinic does not offer “combo” testing for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) of free-roaming cats.  This policy is according to the guidelines of national free-roaming cat experts Alley Cat Allies and Neighborhood cats.  You can read more information from these two free-roaming cat advocate organizations at the following links:

Alley Cat Allies position on testing free-roaming cats for FIV and FeLV
Neighborhood Cats position on testing free roaming cats for FIV and FeLV