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Feral Cat Surgery

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.   Note:  Feral cat surgeries are performed Monday through Wednesday ONLY!

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



1.  Cats MUST ARRIVE AND DEPART The PAWS Clinic in a humane live trap (cat  carriers or anything other than a humane live trap are not acceptable)  with only one cat per trap – NO EXCEPTIONS!!!   We will not transfer cats from carriers to traps, and we do not permit clients to transfer cats from carriers to traps on our premises.  Live traps are available to borrow from The PAWS Clinic for a $60 refundable deposit. 


2. Cats must live outdoors full time.  Cats that were born outside that are now house cats do not qualify for this package. 


3.  Cats will be receive a rabies vaccine (age appropriate) and ear tip – no exceptions


4.  Cats must arrive at the clinic at 8am.  You may bring up to 2 cats in separate humane live traps without an appointment any Monday through Wednesday.  NOTE:  Feral cat surgeries are performed 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.   Cats typically are discharged to return home at 7:30am the next morning, although sometimes we have to hold them one more night if we are very full.  


If you do not meet the criteria above, you must make an appointment and pay full price for the cat’s surgery.  Please understand that we lose money on every feral cat package.  It is designed to make it affordable for those who are caring for homeless, outdoor “community” cats so that these cats do not continue to reproduce.  Please respect our rules and don’t request the feral cat package if your cat does not qualify, and do not ask us to accept a feral cat in anything other than a humane live trap.

It is important that you cover feral traps with a sheet or towel during transport and when you bring the cats into the clinic.  This significantly reduces the stress on the cats.

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