Getting your cat desexed

Desexing your cat is the socially responsible and accepted thing to do.

Uncontrolled cat breeding is a huge problem for Tasmania. If more cats are desexed, there will be fewer unwanted and neglected kittens in our community.

There are many benefits to having your cat desexed

  • It stops unwanted litters, reducing the problem and costs of unwanted pets

  • It increases your cat’s life expectancy

  • It reduces undesirable behaviours, such as spraying, fighting, roaming and yowling

What is involved?

Desexing is the surgical sterilisation of your kitten or cat under a general anaesthetic and

only a qualified veterinary surgeon can undertake this procedure. 

Your vet will attend to the post-operative requirements of your cat and normally cats are ready to go home a few hours after the procedure. Your vet will also give you detailed advice on how to properly care for your cat at home in the days following surgery. Desexing does not affect the personality traits of your cat.

What is the cost?

The cost of desexing your cat will vary based on its sex, age and the fees of your selected vet. Remember, a desexed cat has a reduced risk of many health issues that can be costly to treat, saving you money in the longer term. So the cost of desexing is very small when compared with the resulting benefits. 


When and where to go?

It is strongly recommended that your cat be desexed before it reaches sexual maturity, which can be as early as four months of age. ‘Early-age desexing’, is the desexing of kittens between two to three months of age, and is endorsed by RSPCA Australia. It is practiced by most large Australian animal shelters and an increasing number of veterinarians. Many registered purebred cat breeders also follow this practice and desex kittens before they leave their care. Contact your local vet clinic to find out more information.

Discounted desexing

The National Desexing Network (NDN) is a nationwide referral system for discounted desexing made available to pet owners in financial need. The NDN’s goal is to end pet overpopulation by making this service more affordable to those who might not otherwise be in a position to desex their pets. Discount desexing vouchers from NDN are available to individuals holding a pension, concession or healthcare card showing a CRN number. Apply online at

Download our brochure on desexing and microchipping your cat for more information.

Desexing and microchipping factsheet - TassieCat

Thanks to Good Cat SA for their great information regarding desexing.

TassieCat is a state-wide initiative to promote and facilitate responsible cat ownership and management in Tasmania. The project is supported by Cradle Coast Authority NRM, Kingborough Council, and NRM North through funding from the Tasmanian Government.

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