The True Cost of Cat Ownership
Is It Expensive To Own A Cat?
In an ideal world, you want to give everything to your cat and money shouldn’t be a problem. However, in reality, money matters. Whether you like it or not, it will directly affect how you take care of your feline friend.
So, today, we wanted to know, how much would it cost you to own a cat? We ask this question not to discourage anyone to have a cat, but to help you be prepared for the financial responsibility that comes with owning one. So, read on to learn more.
Cat Expenses 101
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that owning a cat will cost you $1,174 in the first year and $809 per year thereafter.
Cats have an average life span of 9 to 15 years. If you do the math, a cat's lifetime cost may range from $7,500 to $12,500. Obviously, this is simply an estimate. Most pet experts say that owners should be ready to spend two to three times what ASPCA estimates as there are a lot of unpredictable and unplanned expenses to owning a cat.
There are a few things that affect cost. These are the following:
1. Your location
2. Your personal preference and choice
3. Your cat’s overall health condition
You can be extremely frugal when it comes to your cat and perhaps, you will only be spending around $100 to $200 each year. On the other end of the spectrum, if money isn’t a problem, expenses may easily reach $3,500 to $4,500 per year.
What Do Cats Need?
So, what are the usual things that you might spend on your cat? Let me give you a list below so you can have an idea.
3. ID tag
6. Teeth cleaning
9. Cat tree
10. Scratching post
11. Litter box
12. Litter scoop
15. Vet visits
19. Pet insurance
22. Pet care services
As you can see, there are a lot of things that your furry friend needs. Of course, some of the items above are optional. However, most pet owners would agree that the biggest chunk of your pet expenses would go to healthcare. For this reason, you might want to consider getting pet insurance to ensure you get covered for major medical issues and perhaps, surgeries in the future.
Cutting Kitty Cat Costs
While you may think that cutting costs on litter, food, and vet expenses will help you save a few bucks, it could actually cost you more in the future. For example, feeding your furry friend with low-quality cat food could easily lead to intestinal and urinary problems. Skipping annual exams, flea prevention, deworming, and vaccines may allow medical problems to develop undetected. All these could cost you more once a disease has already taken over your pet.
As they say, “prevention is better than a cure.” It doesn’t just save you money in the long run, it also helps your cat live a longer and more fulfilled life.
One of the best ways for you to save money is to shower your cat with tender love and care. Cats that are deeply loved by their owners are seen to be healthier and live longer.
Moreover, don’t hesitate to purchase a pet insurance policy. On average, you will only be paying $10-$20 per month. Of course, you can pay more if you want to have a higher coverage level. Pet insurance helps you prepare for the rainy days that may be up ahead.
Loving And Caring For Our Cats
Having a cat is such a blessing for many people. It allows them to have a companion that gives them warmth, love, and happiness. Cats are experts at making life more delightful.
To ensure that you and your cat get the most out of life, be sure to consider your expenses, plan ahead, and prepare. With enough love and information, you will have more adorable and unforgettable moments with your cat!
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