Desexing Your Cat & Dog

Desexing costs can be as much as $500, but there's lots of health benefits, plus pet insurance can help pay for it. 

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Desexing prevents unplanned litters of puppies and kittens, can improve your pet's health and behaviour, and in some states, like South Australia and WA, it's even a legal requirement. You shouldn't have to pay more than $300 to have your cat desexed, while dog desexing costs can be as high as $500 — unless you get pet insurance.

Bulldog

How much does it cost to desex a dog?

Dog desexing costs between $200 and $500, depending on the size, age, and sex of the dog, according to the RSPCA. In most cases though, you should find that you'll pay under $300. It's also worth noting that it's usually slightly cheaper to get a male dog desexed than it is a female dog.

Desexing costs can also vary slightly depending on where you live and the vet you go to. To give you an idea, here are a few quotes we collected from vets in different states:

  • Victoria: South Eastern Animal Hospital - $220 - $285 (female)/$182 - $205 (male)
  • NSW: RSPCA NSW - $115-$500 (male or female)
  • South Australia: Dr Ken's Vet Clinic - $120 - $350 (male or female)
  • WA: Hanly Vet - $250 - $510 (male or female)

Persian Cat

How much does it cost to desex a cat?

Cat desexing costs around $115 to $300, according to the RSPCA.

The exact costs will depend on the vet you go to. Some vets will charge more if they need to make sure your kitten or cat doesn't have any health issues.

You may also be able to get some of the desexing costs subsidised through your local council. This is often in conjunction with the National Desexing Network which can help reduce the costs if you can't afford to desex your cat.

Getting low cost desexing for your dog or cat

If you can't afford to pay for desexing, you can get financial help through the National Desexing Network (NDN). It's an Australia-wide referral system made available to pet owners in financial need, like concession card holders. They have a really helpful directory that lets you find a vet near you and a breakdown of costs — just remember it's not open to everyone.

Is desexing mandatory for cats and dogs?

Animal management legislation is a state issue in Australia so there are different rules depending on where you live in. Some councils also make desexing a compulsory part of animal registration.

State/TerritoryMandatory Desexing Legislation
ACTYes. It's an offence to own an undesexed dog over 6 months old or an undesexed cat over 3 months old, unless you have a permit.
NSWNo
NTNo
QLDNo
SAYes. It's an offence to own an undesexed dog or cat over 6 months old, with limited exemptions.
TASYes for cats (over 6 months)

No for dogs

VICNo
WAYes for cats (over 6 months)

No for dogs

Do pet insurance policies cover desexing?

✅ Yes. It's usually available through routine care or with a comprehensive policy. Considering that a pet insurance policy costs around $60 a month and desexing can be as much as $500, it's worth considering.

These pet insurance policies can all cover desexing your dog or cat.

Pet insurersHow to get coverWhat it coversApply
Medibank logoAs an add on (routine care)Receive a $165 annual benefit. This includes $50 for desexing and $50 for one other service/treatment available.Get quote
PD pet insurance logoAs an add on (wellness benefit)Receive a $630 annual benefit to go towards desexing or other services/treatments available (Classic & Delux plans only).Get quote
Pet insurance australia logoAs an add on (routine care)Receive up to $80 in annual benefits. This includes $50 to go towards desexing or another service/treatment available.Get quote
Kogan Pet Insurance logoAs an add on (routine expenses)Receive a $120 annual benefit. This includes $80 to go towards desexing or another service/treatment available.Get quote
Petsy logoAs an add on (routine care)Receive up to $150 in annual benefits. This includes $100 to go towards desexing or another service/treatment available.Get quote
Coles logoAs an add on (routine care)Coles routine care cover includes cover for preventative routine care of your pet, including vaccinations and annual health checks. You can also get routine care plus cover which includes health checks, complementary therapies and dental check ups.Get quote
Pet secure pet insurance logoAs an add on (routine care)Receive a $60 annual benefit to go towards desexing or one other service/treatment available.More info
RSPCA pet insuranceAs an add on (routine care)Receive a $50 annual benefit to go towards desexing or one other service/treatment available.More info
Woolworths car insurance logoComprehensive CoverReceive a $50 annual benefit to go towards desexing or another service/treatment available.More info
Australia post pet insuranceAs an add on (wellbeing benefit)Receive a $120 annual benefit to go towards desexing or other services/treatments available.More info
Bow Wow Meow logoAs an add on (routine care)Receive a $50 annual benefit to go towards desexing or other services/treatments available.More info
Guide dogs logoAs an add on (routine care)Receive a $50 annual benefit to go towards desexing or other services/treatments available.More info
Guardian Life Insurance LogoAs an add on (routine care)Receive a $80 annual benefit to go towards desexing or other services/treatments available.More info
Prime pet insurance logoAs an add on (routine care)Receive a $80 annual benefit to go towards desexing or other services/treatments available.More info
Australian seniors logoAs an add on (routine care)Receive a $80 annual benefit to go towards desexing or other services/treatments available.More info

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    KrystelMay 21, 2019

    I would like to find out an estimated cost of how much it would cost me to get my 1 year old kitten desexed and micro chipped please?

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      NikkiMay 22, 2019

      Hey Krystel,

      Thanks for your inquiry! According to our page, it costs around $115 to have a male cat desexed and around $300 to have a female cat desexed, according to the RSPCA. Note that many councils will charge more to register an undesexed cat. The registration costs could be as much as four times the cost of registering a desexed cat.

      In July every year, vet clinics in Australia reduce their desexing fees to encourage more pet owners to do this procedure. The National Desexing Network (NDN) is a charity that aims to end pet overpopulation by making it more affordable for pet owners in financial need to have their animals desexed. You can visit the NBN website to see where the nearest vet clinic is that offers this service. Please note that year-round fee reduction is only available to pet owners who genuinely need it.

      Regarding microchipping, we don’t have information on this yet but one way to prevent paying for microchipping your cat is to get pet insurance. Insurers like Australian Pet Insurance covers desexing and microchipping.

      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      With care,
      Nikki

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