Cat Haven offers discounted sterilisation prices. The standard price for sterilisation at Cat Haven starts at $180.00 for females and $133.00 for males. For Pension and Health Care Card holders who have owned the cat prior to November 1st 2013, our Snip and Chip deal means that sterilisation and microchipping costs just $80 for a male cat and $100 for a female cat.
The Ruby Benjamin Foundation (9405 3905 or 9248 5351) may be able to assist Pension or Health Care Card holders who live a long way from Cat Haven.
Contact our Vet Clinic on (08) 9442 3600 to make an appointment to sterilise or microchip your cat, or for other low-cost veterinary clinics in WA that may be closer to you, please contact the National Desexing Network.
The most obvious reason for sterilising cats is that it eliminates unwanted pregnancies. Cat Haven receives thousands of homeless kittens every year simply because owners have not sterilised their cats. A female can come on heat as early as four months of age, so it is imperative that you get your cat sterilised as early as possible.
Additonally, from 1 November 2013 sterilisation of cats six months and older is compulsory. Your cat also needs to be microchipped.
Unsterilised females have a much greater risk of life-threatening uterine infections as well as uterine, ovarian and mammary cancer.
Unsterilised males can become aggressive towards their owners and will get into fights with other males as they search for females. The frequent fights expose them to serious infectious diseases and abscesses, which will ultimately result in higher vet bills and a shorter lifespan.
Both unsterilised male and female cats have a tendency to spray, wander off your property and are more likely to get lost or hit by a car.
Microchipping your cat means that if your cat gets lost or picked up by a council ranger, your cat can be quickly and easily identified and returned safely to you asap. Cat Haven received over 6500 unwanted or lost cats last year with over a third having to be euthanized and only 116 lost cats being reclaimed by their owners. If your cat isn't microchipped, there is a strong possibility that it will be rehomed if it cannot be identified and this is a devastating outcome for you. Microchipping also reduces the amount of time your cat may have to spend in a pound or shelter if it is lost as they can contact you very quickly.
Microchipping is a simple, painless procedure where a small electronic chip is placed under your cat's skin in the shoulder area. The microchip is registered and it holds all your contact information, which can be accessed easily by a vet using a special scanner.
Cat Haven has a small group of dedicated volunteers who pick up cats for us when required. The demand for pick-ups is, however, far greater than the number our volunteers can actually carry out. Therefore, Cat Haven is only able to assist a limited number of pick-up requests.
If you need to get a cat in to Cat Haven but don’t have your own transport, please contact friends, family or neighbours for assistance before requesting a pick-up by us.
The City of South Perth is offering subsidised cat sterilisation to pensioners and low income earners within the City of South Perth.
Discounts are also available to City of Stirling residents for sterilisation and microchipping.
Check with your own local council to see if they are also offering discounts or subsidies.