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post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by grampngram
Buying the toys is the fun part for us.

Then we bring them home...place them all over the house for the Cats to find...and give the cats the paper bag the toys came home in to play with.

Cats are like small children... they'd rather play with the packaging than the toy. Right now I have one paper bag propped open in my kitchen, the lid from a large box lieing upside down in my living room, and a small square cardboard box on its side in my bedroom. I leave those all out, because the cats prefer them to the cat tree and cat beds that I bought for them.
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by grampngram
Buying the toys is the fun part for us.

Then we bring them home...place them all over the house for the Cats to find...and give the cats the paper bag the toys came home in to play with.
How true!!

We average about $300/mth for our four - food, treats, litter and toys. I have a large toy chest for all their toys. We have separate budget categories for their medical bills, which last year were $1500, so the same was budgeted for this year.
post #33 of 46
Well, I don't know about the food costs, as I really haven't kept track of how long a bag lasts. However, I have often referred to Red Cat as my million dollar baby, because of all the vet costs. He may not have actually cost a million, but I do know that in the five or so years I've had him, the vet bills have totaled in the thousands. Thankfully, Purdy has not been that expensive, as my retirement funds are limited and I just couldn't afford another expensive cat.
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by squirtle

ACK $60/month....... ACK BF saw!

I think Dori needs a part time job
Hahaha!!!

At least 10-20% of what I earn.
post #35 of 46
With my impending cat's adoption (I hope, if I am OK'd), I was starting to think about, what getting to young cats would cost. Now that I can see that on average most of you spend $500 a year and have more than one pet, that makes me know that I shoudn't have a problem being able to care of two cats.

Thanks,

Jason
post #36 of 46
Ok, I must be a super tightwad because if you look at my cost for my one cat per month, it's rather low. I stopped buying toys because she prefers free stuff like paper bags, hair ties, and yarn.

MONTHLY COST

Purina ONE 3.5 lb bag $ 4.69
World's Best Cat Litter $ 9.00
MaxCat Treats (bag lasts 2 months) $ 0.99
$14.68

Vet (yearly) is about $70.00 for checkup and shots.
post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by twofatcats
However, I have often referred to Red Cat as my million dollar baby, because of all the vet costs. He may not have actually cost a million, but I do know that in the five or so years I've had him, the vet bills have totaled in the thousands.

If it makes you feel any better, the vet bills for Marshmallow totaled in the thousands after only a month or so of his cancer treatment.


... we'll be paying that off for a long time.
post #38 of 46
I guess I'm not spending enough... 16LB bag of Purina One is ~$15 and 35lb tub of litter is around another $15, I'd say they each last just over or just under two months... that means $15 a month for Zero.

Oh yeah, there's soft paws too, I go through a pack about ever other month, about $20.

So I guess that's $25 a month.
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by MissCharlotte
MONTHLY COST

Purina ONE 3.5 lb bag $ 4.69
World's Best Cat Litter $ 9.00
MaxCat Treats (bag lasts 2 months) $ 0.99
$14.68
You should buy the 16lb bags and save a few bucks (after you make up for the big rubbermaid bin to keep it fresh).
post #40 of 46
OK now:

Dry Food - $20
Wet Food- $35
Litter - $10


Total: $65.00 Minimum and toys when needed.

But as soooo many here stated the return is Priceless
post #41 of 46
Louse76 - One 3.5 lb bag literally last the entire month for my one cat. She only eats 1/2 cup per day. I had 5 coupons for $1.50 off and bought 5 bags. I'm finally on my last bag which should be finished by the end of June. That's 17.5 lbs of food since the beginning of February. I do keep her food in a heavy duty plastic container which can hold up to 10.5 lbs of dry food. I know they sell 7 lb bags according to Purina ONE's website, but I have yet to find them in stores. I can only find 3.5 lb or 16 lb bags.
post #42 of 46
We get the biggest bag of food and the biggest tin of litter, and keep the food in an airtight container. the food lasts about 2 months, so half of 24 is 12, and we go through 1 thing of litter at 11 each, and Paige's collar every month, which, I don't think I'm gonna get another one -.- she'll have to just be in the house, which she is anyway. but each collar is 3 bucks. and a 9 dollar toy each month. This isn't including the random buying of litter boxes and other necesities that are "1 time buys" so if we include those, at an average $10(some months we don't buy anything, some months we by a good deal)
Monthly we spend $45.00 on 2 cats.
But we haven't had our vet visit yet. O.o wow.. no wonder we don't go out to dinner anymore, lol. one time out is cat supplies for a month.
post #43 of 46
I have 6 cats, 3 inside and 3 outside. The inside cats only eat dry food and Deli turkey for a treat every morning (husband spoiled them with the deli turkey) and the outside cats eat one can between the three and dry food daily (they are mousers). So I spend $65.00 a month total for all 6. THis does not include the vet. The vet bill this past year, which includes 5 spay/neuters, shots and a few uri's was $1,000.00.
I did not include the dog that grew to 80lbs
They are my babies.
Clara
post #44 of 46
I know Peter ran the numbers one time and we spend around $5,000 a year on our seven. I don't remember exactly. I know I buy 3x $7.99 each containers of litter once every two weeks...
post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by grampngram
Buying the toys is the fun part for us.

Then we bring them home...place them all over the house for the Cats to find...and give the cats the paper bag the toys came home in to play with.
How true that is!!!

Often, I think I get more excited about the toys I buy and bring home for my cats than THEY are with it!

I haven't even figured out the costs of maintaining the HIGH LIVING of 4 SPOILED FURBABIES yet! I think I am afraid to! LUCKILY, I am single so I have to answer to NO ONE about spending $$ on my furbabies!
post #46 of 46
Well we buy a 3kg bag of Hills Science Diet, 1 Kg Iams Chicken and 1 Kg Iams Kitten, or Royal Canin Babycat, each week. They eat this, plus if it's a decent brand, cat food they've won at a cat show. My exotic stud, Danlara doesn't like the Premium foods much so he will have a box of Whiskas Dry cat food, and 2 or 3 tins of Whiskas wet a week.

We buy some litter, but most of it is won from cat shows, same goes with Cat Toys and treats, I only ever buy them for christmas presents because they win so many toys throught the year.

Not counting Medical treatment, our two large dogs, or the kittens, I think we spend a fair amount on our cats, they are for me my babies and I love spoiling them! Plus my babies drink out clean fresh NZ water.

This thread is very interesting to read, thanks for posting.
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