Had 6 cats then 5 now as of Tuesday it's six again. My oldest is 12 1/2, my next oldest was almost 11, 2x10 years, 2x7 years and 10 weeks. This year brought some drastic changes to our family that included 2 cats with major illnesses, an adoption from the humane society and litter and food changes. Ill run down the every day and extras before and after.
$40-50 month Dry food only, largest bag available about 16-20lb for 6 cats
$20 month any regular clumping litter
$200 per cat per year for exam and blood work (not usually recommended until cats reach senior status, but I am cautious)
$200 per cat for dentals as needed and recommended by vet, usually 1 per year
$200 per year for unscheduled vet care
Major Illnesses ( my definition changed of a serious illness after what happened this year)
$2500 Karina January 2006, almost 11 appeared suddenly distressed, listless, would not move, howling. Emergency vet,several days hospitalization, xrays, tests, blood work, meds, travel from and back GA to FL for specialist referral, specialists testing and meds, euthanasia, necropsy, private cremation and finally an urn. Acute Renal Failure
$3200 Chester October 2006, 7 years took to vet for possible UTI, gave meds, saw improvement, finished meds, obvious distress within days, tried to pee on everything in site, no urine, rushed to emergency vet, hospitalized for FLUTD and urinary blockage, transfer to regular vet, 2 weeks of hospitalization at my vet and emergency clinic, meds, special order meds, xrays, other tests,lost 2 lbs due to depression and not feeling well, surgery, after care and more meds for bacterial infection. Fully recovered now.
$500 Kali, 6 years, October 2005, tooth loose had scheduled vet appointment, during weekend tooth hanging from mouth, drooling, chattering and obvious distress, rushed to emergency vet, teeth pulled, diagnosis FORL lesions, follow up 5 days later at my vet with dental (not previously scheduled), more teeth pulled and one fell out, meds. Fully recovered less 5 teeth including 2 upper canines and recommended dental cleaning every year to 18 months whether appears needed or not.
As a result of Chester's FLUTD and making an attempt to increase water intake now feeding canned food for breakfast. Also switched to premium food and natural litter to avoid severe dust problems.
$40-50 dry food monthly
$60 canned food monthly and treats
$40 litter monthly
$265 pet insurance accident, illness, wellness coverage 5 cats monthly
$250-300 yearly per cat for yearly and semi-annual exams, shots, blood work
$200-300 dentals per cat
$75-80 month flea control
$500+ year birthdays and christmas gifts
One time special buys
$200+ different water fountains ( they have five now)
$349 each http://www.litter-robot.com/default.aspx?ac=1
Just adopted Benson Floyd
$85 Humane Society adoption fee
$100 Deposit until proof of nueter is provided or performed at shelter, then refunded
$115 Free vet visit at participating vet within 10 days of adoption. My vet participates so he was seen today. Benson has a borderline URI, bacterial ear infection, had ears flushed and was prescribed meds. The office visit was free, but anything else is not.
$33-65 start pet insurance coverage. Some companies require the first 2 months premiums, others do not. We haven't decided which company yet but will do so today. Because the URI and ear infection are preexisting conditions, any further treatments will be at my expense.
A pet is a huge responsibility. I had cats for nearly 9 years with no major illnesses or heavy vet bills. In the past year that changed. Be sure to adopt from a humane society, shelter or rescue group. Take your new kitty in to a good vet as soon as possible after adopting. Early treatment of illness can make a huge difference in your costs. Consider pet insurance. Most companies offer accident only, accident and illness that can fit every budget. Some plans are as cheap as $10-20 month. Try hard to have money set aside in case of an emergency. Hope I haven't scared you. I have had more cats, so of course my chances of running into problems are greatly increased and they are getting old. One or two kitties should be easy enough. Don't rush and you can buy supplies gradually so you don't have more expense when you do find your special fur ball.