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What It Costs to Own a Cat :: Cats for beginners

The answer is pretty simple: all of them fall under the heading impulse purchasing things we buy on impulse, without taking the time to consider their usefulness. We are all susceptible. If you dont believe it, look in your garage or junk drawer.


The answer is pretty simple: all of them fall under the heading impulse purchasing things we buy on impulse, without taking the time to consider their usefulness. We are all susceptible. If you dont believe it, look in your garage or junk drawer.

While most impulse purchases are harmless enough, some are anything but trivial. Consider an addition to the family of the four-legged variety. Often, well-intentioned people see a kitten that captures their heart and, without considering the ramifications, impulsively take the animal home.

The expense of owning a pet is probably the most overlooked consequence of any pet-owner relationship. Advances in pet care, especially in the development of pet foods and medical research, have caused ownership costs to increase over the last 10 years. Since its not likely that this trend will reverse itself any time soon, potential pet parents should consider their finances before taking home a new pet.

While it is certainly not necessary that a house cat have a diamond collar or a Wedgwood china food bowl, all owners need to provide the basics of professional medical care, quality food and adequate shelter. The only other necessity for a responsible owner to provide is love and thats free.

Listed below are approximate costs of basic care for cats. Costs can vary widely, depending on where you live and specifics associated with each individual pet.

The Cost of a Cat

Purchase prices of cats and kittens vary according to type and quality of animal. However, many kittens are free for the asking because of the seemingly unending supply of unplanned and unwanted litters. While most house cats are mixed breeds, pure breeds are now becoming popular, and their costs vary as do purebred dogs.

Kittens - The First Year

Veterinary Care/Laboratory Tests - $50 to $125

Immunizations - $70 to $135

Internal/External Parasite Treatment and Control - $50 to $100

Spay/Neuter - $40 to $200. The cost may depend on the cat's size and age.

Food - $75 to $125

Miscellaneous (toys, beds, bowls, etc.) - $100 to $125

Total: $385 to $810

Cats - Annual Costs

Veterinary Care/Laboratory Tests - $70 to $150

Immunizations - $30 to $75

Internal/External Parasite Control - $40 to $80

Food - $75 to $150

Miscellaneous (litter, toys, etc.) - $100 to $125

Total: $315 to $580

Note: These costs will vary considerably, depending on special care. Typically, indoor cats require only routine annual veterinary care until they reach their later years usually after they are 10 years old. In later years, more medical attention, special diets, and medications may be required.

You should also note that costs vary between stores, veterinarians and by region.

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