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On average, how much do you spend per cat each year?

post #1 of 27
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Vet bills
Food
Litter
Supplies
Toys, etc.
post #2 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hopefully that is enough options to choose from!

What are some of your biggest expenses?

Oh, sorry, I know this is an international site but I did it in American currency. :oops:

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post #3 of 27
I have already spent $700 on Char alone this year and he is only 6 months old.
post #4 of 27
I spend about $80 a month for food & litter. Vet bills for 2 cats plus toys and extras add up to quite a bit of $$$...but they are worth it. They are priceless furbabies.
post #5 of 27
I've spent $2000 so far on my oldest cat, had to have surgery deep in her ears twice and 1 tooth extraction.
post #6 of 27
I never really counted, but this first year was a doozy.

Let me try:
cat's price: $850
toys, furniture - at least $400
food - $400
litter - $200
vet bills: $800
- neuter $150
- eye infection #1 - #100
- eye infection #2 - $120
- eye specialist - $450


and he's only 1.5 years old! LOL

TOTAL: $3,000

And this to anyone who thinks cats just live without bothering people, or that they don't need the vet
post #7 of 27
Wow. I never added it all up before, I always thought cats were fairly inexpensive....

Adoption: $60
Vet visits/booster shots: $60 (so far)
Litter, box, and toys: $140
Scratching post:$30
Food: $40 a month, looks to be $480 a year
More litter and new toys: $20 a month, $240 a year
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$470 so far this year $1010 estimate for the whole year

Waking up to a fuzzy butt on your face letting you know its breakfast time.............. priceless
post #8 of 27
I estimate about 100 per month per cat... food costs about 60 a month for both... toys and miss. another 25 a month and a couple vet visits a year the rest ... luckily I am only all medically responsible for one.. the other only half.. or the total would be around 1800 a year
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Roxy_loves_CJ
Waking up to a fuzzy butt on your face letting you know its breakfast time.............. priceless
post #10 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roxy_loves_CJ
Waking up to a fuzzy butt on your face letting you know its breakfast time.............. priceless
Beautiful!
post #11 of 27
I voted $1,000 annually, but afterwards realized that I hadn't figured in toys, treats, litter, and furniture, so the total is probably >$1,500. I make bulk purchases of food and litter, though, because I do some of the buying for neighbors and a shelter, and pay some vet bills for cats other than my own, so it's difficult to really say what the "normal" price would be.
post #12 of 27
I figured out approx. $333 per cat but forgot to include toys, treats and scratching posts...so probably a little over that.
post #13 of 27
I just took a wild guess. My cats are so different in terms of their needs. Willow used to go in to the vet once a year, and the only other costs were for food, litter, and toys. I would guess that I spent about $500 a year on her. Spot, on the other hand, has cost me way more than that in six months. I'm guessing I spend an average of $1000 per cat per year, but that may be way off.
post #14 of 27
I also took a wag. I know I spend about $100 a week for food for all of mine (including the dogs), about $900 a year in litter, then add in vet trips, meds, toys, etc. My vet is inexpensive and if all they have are regular vaccinations, they're still about $35-40 per pet. I guessed about $600 per pet on the average (and I take care of 19 animals). YIKES! Guess I'll keep my day job.....
post #15 of 27
Just in the last 2 weeks, for 1 of my 3...

$120 - Bloodwork
$225 - Cardiac Ultrasound
$60 - 6 weeks of a Perscription he will probably need for the rest of his life.
post #16 of 27
Atleast for me it seems once i got over 3 cats ... now i have 4 for a while we had 5 ... it seems that it doesn't cost as much. That seems weird, but i can buy in bulk without the food getting stale ( you know how kitties hate stale food *lol*)

Food $10
Plain Clay Litter $6-$10 ( $2 a peice)
Scoopable scented litter $10
Toys ( they like playing with no cost items more then bought) $2

So thats basically $30 per month for 4 cats ... $7.50 per cat per month... $90 per year on just those basics

Vet Bills ( our vet allows me to bring all the cats in for the cost of one visit)
post #17 of 27
Thread Starter 
Throwing out the three highest and the three lowest answers, right now the average is just a touch under $1000 per cat per year. Wow!
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Nano
Throwing out the three highest and the three lowest answers, right now the average is just a touch under $1000 per cat per year. Wow!

Geez, I am SOOOO below average on this one Though this recent bout with Juliet should bump me up the curve a bit
post #19 of 27
i dread to think....

more than i can afford!
post #20 of 27
So much depends on the vet bills, I think. You can go for a couple of years just paying for an annual examination and inoculations, and then get socked with huge bills. I remember a year when we had a very sick dog (kidney cancer), and an ancient cat I took for a check-up every 12 weeks, and my husband figured when he did our income tax that the vet bills were well over my net annual income. That's when I decided to put money aside every month to cover vet bills.
post #21 of 27
Vet bills -- this year so far -- $1,000. Last year it was around $200.

Food -- $1 per can for Snickers; 2 cans per day. 60cents per can for the other cats, 2 cans per day. Around $1,200.

Litter - about $200 a year for all cats

Supplies - Don't really need supplies I guess, already have cat trees, carriers, leashes, water bowls... I'm "established".

Toys - furry mice, catnip, scratching pads & treats: around $50 a year maybe?

So in the $2,000 to $3,000 range if there are no illnesses, but 4 of my cats are over 12 yrs old... and I wuv them dearly... sooooooo....
post #22 of 27
I was up around $700 each, but then realized how many unplanned vet trips I've made, so I said $1000 x 3 = $3000 total, but I wouldn't ask for even a penny of it back!!!!! They're my boys.
post #23 of 27
I just realized how much I spend on my 4 cats and its scary! Of course I cant got to the store w/o buying something for them,if I bring home one more bed my b/f is going to put me out on the street! They all just went to the vet and I spent around $600. food costs about $600 a year,litter about $400 a year ,Toys ,beds etc.$200 a year, b/c their spoiled!!!
post #24 of 27
Thread Starter 
Here are some guidelines from the ASCPA:

http://www.nchumane.org/costs/

Quote:
The cost of owning a cat:

* Veterinary care will typically run from $100-$200 per year, including office visits, vaccinations and medications.
* First year vaccination costs and spay/neuter will add to this.
* Food for a cat: $300-$400 per year.
* Cat litter: $100-$200 per year.
* Total cost, not including treats, toys, beds etc. for a cat: $400-$700 per year
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer...e=petcarecosts

Quote:

Food $170
Medical $150 \t \t
Litter $175\t
Toys/Treats $50 \t \t \t \t \t
Misc. \t$30
Annual Total \t$575
post #25 of 27
Thread Starter 
The average (throwing out top four and bottom four answers) ended up being ~$1050 per year. And since $1000 was the most popular answer, the average around here is about $1000 per year of expenses for each cat.
post #26 of 27
I have only had Bella since October, so 7 months. So far:
Adoption - $40
Toys/Supplies/Bed/3 scratching posts- $350
Litter - $120
IBD surgery, hospital & subsequent vet visits - $2800 (YIKES!!!)
Special diet & supplies - $175

So round it up to $3500 .. sigh, but she is worth it!!
post #27 of 27
Vets bills are what's killing me.
LOL. The food is not too much-about 40 $ a month, I would say. I could deal with that. Toys-not much, I could deal with that. Cat condos-not to bad, I got several for 30-40 $ each. But the vet bills-grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Just one visit to the vet when cat had diarrea-100 $. Another visit because he got bit on the head by my other cat-another 80$. When I got him, he got sick -take him to the vet, run tests -700 $. Vet never found anything, of couse. Could have bought me a nice used car for all that money I spend on the vet.
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