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Barn Cat Spay/Neuter Program Information

Barn Cat Spay/Neuter Program Overview & Discharge Instructions

Services Overview

Barn cat spay/neuter services are available to outdoor pets. If you consider yourself the owner of a cat who lives primarily outside and would like to have them spayed or neutered, please use the form below to book an appointment!

Please note that your cat will be painlessly ear-tipped while under anesthesia as a mandatory part of the appointment. If you do not want your cat ear-tipped, please review our other service options.

These surgeries occur every Thursday at the WHS Ozaukee Campus and space is limited. On any given day, you'll be able to see our booking availability for the next 7 days. If all slots are booked, please check back often.

Drop-off occurs at 8:30am; please arrive promptly to ensure you can attend the group informed consent session required for your appointment. You will be able to pick your cat up later in the afternoon that same day.

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Cost and Scope of Services

A service fee of $45 per cat is to be assessed at the time of drop-off for your appointment. Cost includes:

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Rabies vaccination
  • FVRCP (distemper) vaccination
  • Ear-tipping
  • Microchip

Additional fees (optional):

  • FeLV/FIV testing - $35
  • Flea treatment - $3
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Pre-Surgery Guidelines

  • Provide all cats with water.
  • Food should be withheld after 10 p.m. the evening prior to surgery, if possible.
  • On the day of surgery, cats should be brought to their service appointment in secure carriers or live traps. 
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Post-Surgery Discharge Instructions

  • Full recovery from anesthesia may take up to 24 hours.  
  • Cats must be kept in a safe, warm place away from other animals to recover from surgery. You can use a garage, basement, bathroom, or extra room, as long as it is safe and warm.
  • Post-surgery Food & Water:
    - For adult cats over 5 months of age, offer a little food and water the morning after surgery. If they keep the food down, you can offer more. 
    - For kittens under 5 months of age, offer food the day of surgery once the kitten is fully awake. 
    - All cats and kittens should be provided with water once fully alert.
  • The cat may not urinate or defecate during the first day or two of the holding period.
  • Cats do not require suture removal after the surgery.
  • If any complications arise from the surgery, call WHS for advice. 
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Release Guidelines

  • Male cats must be kept indoors for at least 24 hours post-surgery. Do not release them unless the cat is eating and fully alert.  
  • Female cats must be kept indoors for at least 48 hours post-surgery. Do not release them unless the cat is eating and fully alert. 

Do not release the cat while they are showing any of these signs:

  • Typical post-surgical behaviors:
    - Deep sleep
    - Head bobbing
    - Wobbly movements
    - Fast breathing
    - Shivering
  • Behaviors of concern: 
    - Excessive bleeding from the incision
    - Inability to lift head by evening
    - Difficulty breathing
    - Any abnormalities of the surgical site
    - Lethargy beyond the first day of recovery.

If any complications arise from the surgery, call WHS for advice.


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Book a Surgery Appointment


-- Click here to book a spay/neuter appointment for your outdoor cat --


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