Annual Cat Care Costs

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Sara Lippincott, Manager, Shelter Outreach, Petfinder

Annual Cat Care Costs

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Adopting a cat requires a financial commitment to her health and well-being. This chart will give you a rough idea of how big a commitment you should plan on. (These costs are estimates-some may be higher or lower depending on where you live and the cat you adopt.)

Expense
Adoption
Food
Nutritional Supplements*
Food/water bowls
Treats
Routine veterinary exam
Vaccinations
Emergency veterinary care**
Fecal exams
Worming
Flea preventative
Spaying/neutering
Professional teeth cleaning
Collar(s)
Grooming tools
Professional grooming
Shampoo
Stain/odor removers
Cat bed(s)
Cat Carrier(s)
Toys
Scratching post/board
Boarding, per day

TOTAL

First Year
$0-200
$120-500
$0-100
$10-30
$10-100
$50-200
$60-150
$0-2,000+
$10-30
$10-25
$0-200
$0-200
$0-500
$5-30
$10-50
$0-300
$0-30
$10-100
$20-100
$20-75
$10-50
$10-50
$15-50

$370-$5,070

Each Following Year
N/A
$120-500
$0-100
$0-30
$10-100
$50-100
$60-150
$0-2,000+
$10-30
$0-25
$0-200
N/A
$0-500
$0-30
$0-50
$0-300
$0-30
$10-100
$0-100
$0-75
$10-50
$10-50
$15-50

$295-$4,570

*Do not supplement your cat’s diet without consulting your veterinarian.
**Costs may be even higher if you have an after-hours emergency that requires a trip to an emergency clinic.

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