Originally Posted by Jack31
A couple quick questions: I'm a first time cat owner, it seems that maintenance on cats is much more expensive than dogs.
Do cats generally have more health problems?
Do all cats have the health problems or is it more likely that a stray or feral have health problems?
It just seems that so many of you have many medications listed. It sort of scares me--don't get me wrong I would do what I had to to cover the costs but wow, you all are spending quite a bit of money!
1. Depends on the cat, just like it depends on the person, or the dog. I've been working with cats ALMOST exclusively, but I've never heard that, and have actually heard that maintenance for dogs is quite a bit pricey. I know services for dogs at my vet are more expensive.
2. Yes, at some point in their lives, all cats will get sick. Purebred, pet store, shelter and 'just showed up!' cats all get sick. This site is unique because many of us take on cats BECAUSE they need extra care, and because most of the membership on this site is EXTREMELY cautious and will test for things at first sign, get the most preventive care possible, etc.
I've heard rumors that poorly-bred cats (kitty mill and uneducated/irresponsible breeding programs) and cats who sustained previous injuries/illnesses living outdoors will typically have more special needs, but I've never seen any studies to back that up. I work at a stray/feral rescue, and we typically have quite a few special needs cats, but we often take cats in just because they'd be considered unadoptable anywhere else.