If the cat is female then the spay cost will probably be more expensive than a neuter cost. Female cats have to have their uterus and ovaries removed to be considered "fixed". This requires a lot more surgical procedure, time, and equipment. Females are typically left at the vet's office for at least one night after their surgery to ensure the health of the animal. There may be more costs tacked onto the bill if the cat has problems mid-way through surgery or if she has been bred with an is pregnant. Because of all of that combined, the cost may be more than a male's "fix" at the veterinary clinic.
Females may not be "fixed" or spayed until they are 6 months or older because of health risks and possible complications. Some vets refuse to work on a cat who is pregnant--even in the very early stages.
Males cats do not require a lot of surgical procedure to have their testicles removed. Because of this they may be released the same day of their operation and costs may be reduced compared to the female. Again, some clinics require the male cat to be 6 months of age or older.
For necessary shots, don't expect too much. A rabies shot will be fairly necessary but not too costly, along with another shot or two to ensure overall health and safety of the animal (especially if he/she is outside often).
Call your local vets and ask them for pricing on having a (male or female) cat fixed and have their first shots. Ask if there is an age requirement on the animal and how long the expected time within the clinic will be (an overnight stay? Longer? Shorter?). They will be able to give you a better guesstimate.
To have my female fixed and have her shots it cost about $100. When I was going to have a male cat fixed and have his shots it was going to cost about $70.
Also note that many vet clinics offer seasonal discounts that typically start in the beginning of the year around the end of January or the middle of February. Always ask when, or if, the vet runs specials on having an animal spayed or neutered and figure out if you can wait that long for the kitty to be fixed. Sometimes it works out really well if your cat is required to be at least 6 months of age! :)
Brandi_S answered Sunday December 9 2007, 1:33 pm: It really depends on the vet you go to.
We go to a vet who is in it for the animals, not the money. We had our male cat fixed and got his shots for about $70 total.
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