Annual Cat Care Costs

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Sara KENT, DIRECTOR, 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                                                First Year                               Each Year Thereafter

Adoption Donation                                     $0–200                                  N/A

Routine veterinary exam                            $50–400                                $50–400

Vaccinations                                            $60–150                                $60–150

Spaying/neutering                                     $0–200                                  N/A

Professional teeth cleaning                        $0–500                                  $0–500

Emergency veterinary care**                      $0–2,000+                             $0–2,000+

Medication(s)                                           $0 – 500                               $0 – 500

Collar(s)                                                   $5–30                                    $0–30

Cat Carrier(s)                                           $20–75                                  $0–75

Scratching post/board                              $10 -50                                  $10-50

Cat bed(s)                                              $20–100                                $0–100

Toys                                                       $10–50                                  $10–50

Food                                                       $120–500                              $120–500

Food/water bowls                                     $10–30                                  $0–30

Treats                                                     $10–100                                $10–100

Nutritional Supplements*                          $0–100                                  $0–100

Flea preventative                                     $0-200                                   $0-200

Grooming tools                                       $10–50                                  $0–50

Professional grooming                             $0–300                                  $0–300

Stain/odor removers                                $10–100                                $10–100

Boarding, per day                                   $20–100                                $20–100

*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.