How Much Does it Cost to Keep a Pet?

How much does it cost to keep a dog? How much does it cost to keep a cat?

MoneyCat.pngAccording to one survey (American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) 2008) the average yearly cost of owning a dog is $ 1425 and the yearly cost of owing a cat is $990. Other surveys but the cost even higher!

The annual costs of keeping a dog include:
  1. food
  2. flea, worm, heartworm and tick control (buy online at - its cheaper :)
  3. vet visits (pet insurance can help) & immunisations
  4. a toy or two
  5. grooming fees
  6. brush & shampoos/conditioners
  7. collar and lead
  8. licence/registration fees
  9. pet sitting/boarding
This is all on top of the initial costs of getting a dog including the price of the dog (consider a shelter dog), vet check, vaccinations, bedding, food and water bowls etc.

If you're thinking of getting a cat, you'll be up for the same sorts of expenses (although generally because cats are smaller than dogs, there are cost savings).

Although USA has a very high proportion of pet ownership (some estimates say that there are more dogs and cats in the USA than humans!) the incidence of pet ownership seems to be declining a little, and cost does appear to be one of the factors. There are ways of saving money owning a pet, but you need to remember to keep these costs in mind.

Of course, there are benefits (including costs benefits) to owning a pet. For example:

  • pet owners visit the doctor less and get sick less often
  • pets (especially dogs) deter theft and break ins
  • exercising your pet at the park saves on gym fees
  • playing with your pet is cheap fun for you (and the kids!)
Overall, we certainly think that the joy we get every one of our pets is worth the cost!

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