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Feral Cat Surgery

The PAWS Clinic will be closed from Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1st.  We will reopen at 8am on January 2nd.   We apologize for any inconvenience.

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


2.  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.   Please scroll down for a description and picture of a humane live trap if you don’t know what they are.

Note:  The live trap must be big enough so that the cat can comfortably turn around and lie down.  


3.  Cats will 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.  

PLEASE NOTE:  We lose money on every feral cat package.  We are willing to do this to keep outdoor cats from breeding.  We ask that you respect our rules about the qualifications for the feral cat package.  Thank you for understanding.

Note: 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 stress on the cats.

What is a live trap?

It’s a safe, humane way to catch feral cats for the purpose of Trap-Neuter-Return.  It allows you to catch, secure, and transport a cat without having to handle it.   Live traps are baited with food to attract the cat, and set so that they automatically close when the cat steps on the trip plate. 

Live traps come in many designs, and we will accept cats in any type of live trap as long as they are safe and secure and are of an appropriate size for the cat.   The picture below is a Tru-Catch(R) brand trap. 

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
Neighborhood cats position on testing free-roaming cats