How to Use Our Services for
Feral and Outdoor Stray Cats
Fill out the Spay/Neuter Form and submit it to us or call us at 503-797-2606 to fill it out over the phone.
We will schedule you for an appointment to spay or neuter your cat(s). Please note that we do not have clinics every day and that you must have an appointment in order to come to one of our clinics. Please DO NOT trap cats without an appointment. See our upcoming clinic schedule.
We will give you a time to pick up traps from our clinic office or from another trap depot closer to you. You will receive one trap per cat scheduled. Each trap requires a refundable deposit, payable by cash, check or credit card. To see why using a trap is more successful than a carrier click here.
Get the cats used to the traps for a few days. Remove the sliding back door and place food near the entrance, and then another time inside the trap. Ideally you can do this for 4-5 days prior to actual trapping so the cats are less aware of the trap and see it simply as the place to get their food. This step will help you have more success when trapping. See our extensive trapping instructions.
Set the traps in the afternoon/evening before your scheduled appointment and ensure that all trapping is completed by 10pm. It is important that adult cats do not eat after this time as they need to fast before surgery. Place the cats in a safe, warm place away from the weather and any other animals overnight. Ensure that the traps are covered at all times, as this helps keep the cats calm.
Bring the cats to FCCO the next morning for your scheduled spay/neuter appointment. The cats need to be picked up the same afternoon at a time given when the cats are dropped off.
- In addition to being spayed or neutered, each cat receives an FVRCP (distemper) and rabies vaccines, flea and ear mite treatment as needed, and treatment for other minor medical conditions. Each cat will have his or her right ear tipped (see photo) for future identification.
- Cats that appear to be suffering, as determined by a veterinarian, are tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV); all cats that test positive will be humanely euthanized. Cats may also be euthanized if they have another life-threatening condition.
- After their surgery, the cats need to remain in their traps overnight to recover and to let their anesthesia wear off. If the cats appear alert and healthy the next morning then it is safe to return them and release them to where they were trapped. (If you are relocating the cat please see Alley Cat Allies for procedures on how to successfully relocate the cats).