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Cost of Pet Care

oreoHow much IS that doggie or kitty in the window? Caring for a new animal involves many initial expenses as well as yearly expenses that are sometimes difficult to foresee. It is important to be realistic and plan ahead as one of the most commons reasons for relinquishment of animals to shelters is the cost of care.

Basic Annual Costs

Below is a chart of average yearly expenses to help you gauge whether you can afford taking on a new four legged addition to the family. There are also additional expenses in the first year of bringing a new pet home including the cost of spay/neuter surgery, additional vaccines and microchipping as well as collars, leashes, carrieris, litter boxes, scratching posts and behavior training. Medical conditions or accidents can also arise and result in more expensive veterinary costs. It is a smart idea to save money in case of emergencies or unforeseen illnesses.

Expense Dog Cat
Routine Veterinary Care $219 $175
Food $217 $188
Grooming $127 $18
Boarding Fees $225 $149
Toys $41 $26
License $30*
Litter $144*
Treats $66 $40
Total Average Cost $925* $740*

*Estimates are based on 2007-2008 APPMA National Owners Survey unless indicated with an asterisk. Those indicated with an asterisk are pure estimations.