Being a responsible cat owner has certain financial responsibilities. If you are unable or unwilling to fulfil these cost, it may be best not to adopt a cat.
If you have a limited budget but are prepared to make certain sacrifices for the sake of having the delights of a cat in your life, you may be able to realize your dream.
It’s difficult to say no to a cute kitten in the “free to a good home” box or a friendly stray on the street that begs to come home with you, but if you can’t afford to provide the simplest essentials, you’re probably doing the cat or kitten no favors.
Cats have basic needs that typically distinguish between a stray on the street and a cat in a home with a good caretaker. These costs vary by location, size, age, and health of your cat, and are just general estimates, but their needs are just the same include:
- Food!!! Buy the one that have legit brand
- Litter Box is a must
- An annual veterinary examination
- Spay or neutering, provided by a veterinarian
- Core vaccinations, provided by a veterinarian
- Emergency veterinary care if needed
A month’s supply of high-quality cat food can cost more than your daily meals. Consider how much you’d pay for a single dinner at a restaurant. Food options can certainly be compromised by purchasing the least expensive premium cat foods, purchasing larger bags of dry food, or even supplementing premium cat food with grocery store brands until circumstances improve.
A litter box can range in price from $6 to $200 for a luxury self-cleaning box. A 14-pound bag of World’s Best Cat Litter costs roughly $17, and with daily scooping, one cat should be able to use it for nearly two months. You might have to pay more for just one lunch for yourself. “Chicken crumble,” such as Purina’s Layena brand, which costs roughly $10 for a 50-pound bag, works well as a temporary litter substitute.
Spay / Neutering
There are numerous low-cost spay and neuter facilities in the United States that may offer the service for less than $100 for a neuter and a spay. In the neighborhood, a private veterinarian may charge more for a neuter and spay.
When compared to the cost of treating an abscess produced by fighting in an unneutered male, or aborting or treating mom cat and newborn kittens resulting from an unexpected pregnancy, this expense is minimal.
Veterinary Examination and Vaccination
The cost will vary depending on the danger factor in your personal cat and local rabies laws. There are several low-cost immunization clinics available, just as there are for spay and neuter. The entire first-year series should cost around $80. A comprehensive exam, including teeth and blood work, will cost between $100 and $200.
There is no practical method to estimate emergency expenditures because they vary depending on the cat’s age, overall condition, and accident-proneness. Veterinary insurance can help to offset some of these costs. In the absence of such, set aside money every month for a “vet emergency fund” of at least $10 a week and keep it in a drawer to be used exclusively for cat emergencies.
Some veterinarians will accept weekly or monthly payments for an emergency charge. You could also offer to write post-dated checks. For younger, healthy cats, some cat owners have extended the time between annual well-care checks. Some core vaccinations may be given at home, which can save a lot of money, especially if you have numerous cats.
There’s always a Pet Shelter
If you love cats but cannot afford to offer responsible care, do the truly selfless thing and volunteer at a shelter rather than adopting another. Most shelters could not function without volunteers, and volunteers rapidly learn about the realities of companion animal life and the consequences of irresponsible pet ownership.
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