Services and Fees for Feral Cats
Thank you for helping a wild, outdoor cat lead a safer, healthier life. By spaying or neutering and vaccinating a feral cat, you will change her life, prevent homeless kittens, and improve the health and safety of your neighborhood.
Bringing Feral Cats to the Clinic
No appointment is needed for feral cats. Only three feral cats/kittens per trapper can be brought in to the Clinic between 9:15-9:45 am Tuesday through Friday.
All feral cats brought in for surgery may have to stay an additional night depending on the number of public animals and feral cats admitted for surgery on any given day. Clinic staff will notify you of any changes in discharge times for your feral cats.
Here's what else you need to know:
- You will drop-off and pay at 9:15 am.
- You will pick up the next morning at 9:15 am.
- Cats must be in individual humane traps. For the safety of the cats and our staff, we will not perform surgery for feral cats brought in anything except humane traps (for example, no cat/dog carriers, boxes, etc.)
- Cover the trap completely with a blanket or sheet. This will help the cat feel safe, and will prevent the cat from hurting herself in the trap.
- A 1/4 inch eartip is mandatory for all feral cats. This is included in the pricing.
The $40.00 Feral Cat Package** Includes:
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Pain medication (given at the Clinic)
- Rabies vaccination (if not current)
- We recommend an FVRCP vaccination ($12.00) and Revolution for parasites ($10.00)
**This package pricing applies to all independent community cat/feral cat trappers. All rescue groups and organizations that operate outside of Massachusetts and TNR feral cats will be charged the owned pet cat price of $85.
Ferals are Not Friendly
The Feral Cat Package is not for tame cats. We will charge Pet Cat Package prices if we determine that a cat is not feral.
Where to Get Humane Traps
Dakin's Adoption Centers in Springfield and Leverett have traps for loan. Visit any time during their normal business hours to borrow a trap. We require a refundable deposit for each trap.
Some equipment rental businesses may have traps for rent.
How to Use a Humane Trap
What is an Ear tip? Why Do That?
An ear tip is the surgical removal, while under anesthesia, of the top 1/4 inch of the cat's left ear. The ear tip enables the cat to be easily identified from afar as already spayed or neutered. This prevents the cat from being trapped and anesthetized again...and a spayed female cat from undergoing another surgery only to find out that she is spayed.
An ear tip (as shown in the photo) is mandatory with the feral cat package.
Helping Feral Kittens
We will perform surgery on any healthy kitten who is at least 8 weeks old and weighs at least 2 pounds.
How can you tell if a wild kitten is old enough? Kittens get very speedy (faster than you are!) at about 6-7 weeks of age. The mother cat usually brings them out to start eating regular food at about 7-8 weeks of age. If you have been seeing kittens out and about, eating food, they are old enough for surgery.
In order to convert feral kittens into pet cats, they should be caught even earlier--ideally at around 4 weeks old, while their eyes are still blue. If these kittens can be raised in a home so they love all people, including strangers, they can become pet cats and be placed in loving homes at 8 weeks of age.
Feral Cat Questions?
For spay/neuter questions, call the Community Spay/Neuter Clinic at 413-781-4019. For all other questions about feral cats, contact our Adoption Centers.
Special Pricing for Rescues and Animal Control Agencies
Animal shelters, rescues, and animal control agencies, call Sara at 413-781-4000 x 108 for pricing. Massachusetts rescues must be registered with the state to be eligible for rescue discounts.