RSPCA chipping in to have your cat desexed

johnboy 3 November 2010 19

If you have a cat you really, really, should have had it desexed by now. For your own piece of mind and quiet enjoyment of your house if for no other reason.

But the RSPCA ACT has just announced they’re launching a “desexing rebate scheme to assist low income earners with the cost of a desexing procedure for a cat”.

“The rebate will entitle you to a discount of up to $35 for a desexing procedure on a cat at your local veterinary clinic.”

“I am pleased to say that most vets in Canberra have agreed to work with RSPCA and accept rebate vouchers. However it is important you check with your local clinic first.”

Rebate vouchers are available at RSPCA and will be given to members of the public who hold a Commonwealth Health Care Card or card issued by Centrelink.

Proof of ownership of a cat will need to be shown to your local vet.

The rebate voucher is not redeemable for cash.

So one less excuse.


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Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 4:20 pm 08 Nov 10

Good news for people who love bad news said :

You will find that cat desexing usually costs between $100-200 depending if it is a male or a female. Also, even without a discount, it is best to desex you cat if you don’t want to end-up with kittens (which also costs a lot of money)

Kittens cost nothing if you don’t give a toss about them, the mother or where the hell they end up, which constitutes a very large percentage of cat owners Australia wide!

Good news for people who love bad news Good news for people who love bad news 4:09 pm 08 Nov 10

You will find that cat desexing usually costs between $100-200 depending if it is a male or a female. Also, even without a discount, it is best to desex you cat if you don’t want to end-up with kittens (which also costs a lot of money)

Sonja Sonja 6:54 pm 04 Nov 10

My first cat was desexed shortly after we got him. The second waited a bit while we moved to a new home, and then dealt with her allergy to something. They both live indoors only.

I can’t understand not getting them desexed. Kittens are cute, but they then need homes.

jake555 jake555 4:43 pm 04 Nov 10

georgesgenitals said :

James-T-Kirk said :

FluttersBy said :

ok….how will you prove that you own the cat? Call the cat and see if it comes to you?

We need a formal Cat rego system in the ACT, along with third party insurance. With the ability to pay for third party property insurance… That way, we will have papers for our cats (proving ownership), and an insurance system to pay for all of the scratched furniture

The insurance could also be used to bill owners who’s cats have to be scraped off the road at taxpayers expense.

No need georgesgenitals. People like Mully Williams ensure our compulsory vehicle insurance is high enough to cover the cost of scraping cats off the road, as well as scraping people like Mully Williams off the road.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 11:27 am 04 Nov 10

If you chip your cat does it run faster?

No, but you can use them to play *cough cough* ‘backups’.

vesuvius vesuvius 11:04 am 04 Nov 10

Floydwafer said :

“The rebate voucher is not redeemable for cash.”

Damn there goes the night out at Wanniassa Tavern…

Nope you can use your vouchers at the Wanniassa Tavern… there is lots of pussy that needs desexing out that way..

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 10:15 am 04 Nov 10

James-T-Kirk said :

FluttersBy said :

ok….how will you prove that you own the cat? Call the cat and see if it comes to you?

We need a formal Cat rego system in the ACT, along with third party insurance. With the ability to pay for third party property insurance… That way, we will have papers for our cats (proving ownership), and an insurance system to pay for all of the scratched furniture

The insurance could also be used to bill owners who’s cats have to be scraped off the road at taxpayers expense.

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 10:06 am 04 Nov 10

Male cats are easy…. Gumboot and two bricks… Just have to watch out for your thumbs!

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 10:05 am 04 Nov 10

FluttersBy said :

ok….how will you prove that you own the cat? Call the cat and see if it comes to you?

We need a formal Cat rego system in the ACT, along with third party insurance. With the ability to pay for third party property insurance… That way, we will have papers for our cats (proving ownership), and an insurance system to pay for all of the scratched furniture

Mr Evil Mr Evil 8:58 pm 03 Nov 10

Does it only apply to cats, or can you use the vouchers to have people de-sexed as well?

I personally know of at least three people who could use de-sexing (they don’t look after the kids they’ve already got!), and as they’re all on welfare, it shouldn’t be a problem getting a health care card out of any of them.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 7:02 pm 03 Nov 10

If you chip your cat does it run faster?

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 6:43 pm 03 Nov 10

Wow, dvaey, that’s heaps.. I found the RSPCA rates even for non-concession card holders were generally around $200 or less for female dogs (I found their rates online), I recently (mid year) had two done. It was a little less for me because I did have a HCC at the time. I think for around $160 including microchipping ($140 without). Although they didn’t insist (apparent requirement) the first dog be microchipped but did the second dog a month later.

Anyhow, my dogs and I are grateful to the RSPCA as they did a great job, efficient and inexpensive.

Now, to just get my cat done! This scheme sounds like it may wind up dearer?

Clown Killer Clown Killer 6:40 pm 03 Nov 10

Proof of ownership of a cat will need to be shown to your local vet

years ago when I lived in Turner, we had a local tom-cat that used to come around and piss all over the side of our house – no idea why, we diddn’t even own a cat. In the end, we borrowed a cat box from a mate, lured the beastie into it with some minced chicken and took him up to the vet in Ainslee. Twenty-four hours and $110 later we released him back into the garden. He shot over the back fence and we never saw him again … strange that.

jake555 jake555 6:34 pm 03 Nov 10

In response to comments 1 – 4:

Inappropriate & dvaey – Yeah $35 is probably close to 10% of the cost, but according to the ACT TAMS website, desexing is compulsory for cats born on or after 21 June 2001:
http://www.tams.act.gov.au/live/pets/dgctfactsht/cats

thatsnotme & FluttersBy – Exactly thatsnotme – the cat itself – as the TAMS link above states, cats are to be microchipped, thus proving ownership.

If people followed all the rules/laws in the first place, their cat would currently be microchipped and desexed. If you can’t/couldn’t afford desexing, take advantage of the offer.

Finally, if you’re thinking of getting a cat, try RSPCA – no cat leaves that place until both are done!

Floydwafer Floydwafer 6:05 pm 03 Nov 10

“The rebate voucher is not redeemable for cash.”

Damn there goes the night out at Wanniassa Tavern…

dvaey dvaey 5:46 pm 03 Nov 10

Inappropriate said :

Isn’t $35 only about 10% of the cost of a desexing?

Dont have a cat, but from memory it was about $600 when my dog was desexed 18 months ago, so I imagine the costs would be comparable for a cat.

FluttersBy FluttersBy 4:29 pm 03 Nov 10

ok….how will you prove that you own the cat? Call the cat and see if it comes to you?

thatsnotme thatsnotme 4:24 pm 03 Nov 10

“Proof of ownership of a cat will need to be shown to your local vet.”

What, aside from the cat itself?

Inappropriate Inappropriate 4:05 pm 03 Nov 10

Isn’t $35 only about 10% of the cost of a desexing?

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