|The Dude at about 1 year old|
|The Dude abides.|
My coworker said that the little punk had "sand fleas", like they were less of a problem than regular fleas. If by sand fleas she meant big honking fleas on steroids, the Dude had them. This meant we needed to buy 3 months worth of flea control for him, plus another 3 months each for our 2 indoor cats at home so they wouldn't catch the fleas. He also had worms and was tested for FeLV/FIV, which was luckily negative.
The second visit 21 days later for his rabies vaccine and distemper combo vaccine included another $45 exam fee, for a total of $93 dollars. Then he needed to be neutered, which was another $100, which included an overnight stay at the vets. This was 6 years ago, and many less expensive spay and neuter programs are now available; a listing of Massachusetts options is available at the Massachusetts Animal Coalition website.
Our free kitten was up to $457.57 by the time he was 6 months old! Admittedly, the vet hospital we were going to at the time was a lot more expensive than our awesome current vet, but it still would have run about $300 for the same care.
|Serina and the Dude|
Serina was about a year old when we adopted her from Stray Pets in Need. She was spayed, FeLV/FIV tested, up to date on rabies vaccine and distemper combo vaccine, flea, tick and worm free and only $95.
I'll take the "expensive" shelter cat pricing over the "free kitten" any day!