How much does it cost to keep a cat? What will your expenses be in terms of daily, weekly, monthly or yearly expenses?
Well, there is no easy answer to this. Cats are not expensive, their maintenance is much lower than that of other domestic pets. Plus, every precious moment with your cat is priceless!
But let’s get down to business. How much will the food and other necessities and expenses necessary to keep a cat cost you?
Annual expense to keep a cat
To give a clear answer, we have to be VERY general and give an average. Under these assumptions …
Annual expenses per cat are around € 500 ($ 600), although they can range between € 200 ($ 300) and € 1,500 ($ 1,700)
Well indoor cats depend on you for literally everything. They can’t look for food, they need a place to relieve themselves, they need you to take them to the vet …
Also, some breeds are more prone to developing health problems than others, and kitties can’t really tell you what hurts and what kind of medication they need.
The toys , their beds or their scratching posts may get tired or break and you need to buy some new ones.
Obtaining a cat may be free (if you adopt one, which we recommend as the best option), but it can also be somewhat expensive if you decide to buy a pedigree breed.
Felines require special nutrition, attention, and affection. This means dedicating not only your money, but also your time and energy to providing for your furry friend.
The main expenses for cats
Rough estimate: € 70 – € 300 ($ 90 – $ 450) per year, depending on size, brand of food, etc.
Cats cannot survive on human food and if you are not offering high quality food to your pet, it will develop a number of health related problems over time.
Treats are also necessary when it comes to training your kitty. These expenses will become one of your top priorities, as they affect your cat on a basic and natural level.
Rough estimate: € 100 – € 250 ($ 120 – $ 300) per year.
Cat litter is as essential as food. Whether you are using granules, disposable litter, or even an automatic self-cleaning litter box, you will spend almost as much money as on food for your cat.
Cats have a natural instinct to bury their waste, and if they don’t have a suitable place to do so, they will resort to leaving you “gifts” all over the house. Not only will this cost you more money to clean, but it’s also a huge stressor that you don’t need in your life.
Items and supplies
Rough estimate: € 20 – € 350 ($ 30 – $ 400) per year.
Toys, scratching posts, beds, food bowls, water bowls, and other items like brushes and collars are some of the basic items your cat needs.
You may also need to equip your home with other items to protect them, such as window guards and furniture covers.
Rough estimate: € 60 – € 150 ($ 80 – $ 200) per year for standard annual reviews.
Rough estimate: € 100 – € 1,000 ($ 150 – $ 1,300) for treatment of unanticipated illness.
Vaccination, flea treatment, sterilization, microchipping, or allergy treatment all fall into the category of medical expenses and are not cheap.
If your cat has an accident or develops a serious illness, the vet bills could multiply. Although this is rare.
Rough estimate: € 0 – € 500 ($ 0 – $ 600) per year.
The expenses listed above are a good guide to roughly calculate the cost of keeping a kitten. But you should always keep in mind that unforeseen expenses may arise.
Maybe something breaks (be it your cat or yours), maybe unexpected vet bills, that you have to travel or move and have an extra cost to take your pet, or one day you may need a sitter for your pet.
Just make sure you can cope with some unforeseen expense if it happens.
Adopting or buying a cat or kitten is definitely tempting. However, caring for the cat and the expenses it will require are not an easy task. It is important to take this into account in order to offer our kittens a good life.