The Cost of Pet Care

cost of pet careEver since I was a little girl I’ve always grown up with cats and dogs in the house. Into adulthood I couldn’t go long without starting the search for pets of my own. I started out with one cat, then two, then two cats and a dog. I love all of my pets dearly but being the young enthusiastic adult that I was I didn’t take into consideration the high cost of pet care.

I like to think I’m a relatively frugal person that is able to seek out great deals and even with doing so animals will set you back a pretty penny.

For my precious girl Winnie I’ve already put out nearly $250 on vet bills including her first rounds of shots and getting her fixed. There are low cost sterilization clinics, you just have to seek them out and be flexible on scheduling. I was able to get her fixed for $60 which is way cheaper than most veterinary clinics and we saw no complications.

In addition to medical expenses you also have to consider the cost of food, shelter, toys and other necessities. I probably spend about $21 a month on food and at least $10 a month on new toys to replace the ones that get destroyed. One thing that I’ve been blessed with is not having to put out money on shelter. I have very wonderful family and friends that have been willing to keep an eye on her when I’ve gone out of town.

Cost breakdown per year:
Medical expenses : $250
Food: $252
Toys: $120

Total cost: Approx. $622
And that’s just for one pet!

If you are considering getting a pet you should definitely consider the costs of caring for one. Adopting a new family friend is wonderful but you need to make certain you are going to be able to provide.

How have you pets improved your life?