Thank you for looking to spay/neuter a community cat at Great Plains SPCA’s Veterinary Care Center! Appointments are required. Our feral cat package includes spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, and ear tipping for $30. To receive this pricing, cats must be feral and arrive in a feral cat trap*. To schedule an appointment and learn more, please call us at (913) 742-7310.
What is the Difference between Feral and Community Cats?
If your new kitty friend can’t keep her paws off you, she’s likely a stray who’s socialized – or, in other words, familiar with and friendly to humans. Our feral friends are more cautious and elusive, and do not want to be handled by humans. If a kitty isn’t opposed to some loving, she’s probably just lost her way home. Another way to easily distinguish a feral from a stray is that a spayed or neutered feral will be marked with a tipped ear, denoting that they have been fixed and don’t need to be bothered.
* Live, humane traps can be borrowed at no charge, but require a $70 deposit per trap (check or credit card accepted for deposit). Traps can be borrowed from the Veterinary Care Center at 5428 Antioch Drive Merriam, Kansas 66202 Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please call to verify availability.
TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) is widely recognized as the most humane and effective strategy for reducing feral cat populations. TNR involves humanely trapping feral cats and transporting them to a veterinary clinic where they are spayed or neutered and may receive vaccinations and treatment for routine medical conditions. After surgery, the cat recuperates and is then released back to its colony habitat where it will live out its natural life.
Since the cats are no longer reproducing, the colony will gradually diminish in size, which also reduces or eliminates their natural tendencies of mating, fighting and wandering. TNR makes the colony more stable, impacts the influx of newcomers and improves the overall health of the cats.