As you may remember, I love info graphics. So when I found this one about cat ownership, I was immediately intrigued. I accepted its challenge and tallied up the amount I spend on my cats to see how my numbers compare. Not sure who my cats are? Dottie's orange and Capone's wearing a tuxedo:
Purchase price: I paid $0 for both my cats. Capone was a gift from a friend who discovered he was allergic to cats after adopting him. And Dottie was abandoned on the side of the road as a kitten and rescued by my dad.
Food and treats: I spend $38 on a big bag of Blue Buffalo dry cat food every two months and $20 a month on Weruva wet food (the pumpkin jack splash is their favorite flavor). That comes out $468 a year for two cats, or $234 each. I think that's pretty reasonable considering the quality of the food. I get free treats when I buy cat litter at Target so no additional cost there.
Litter: I use 2-3 boxes of Double Duty a month, at an average cost of $20 a month. This used to cost more when I used ½ clumping litter, ½ Feline Pine, but my cats stopped using whatever box I put Feline Pine in. Any one else dealt with the joys of a suddenly finicky cat? :)
Medical care: Both Dottie and Capone are fixed, which cost $50 each years ago. And Dottie had a worm when we found her, so that was another $50, and a UTI which set us back about $40 for the medication (but the worst part was shooting the meds in her mouth - AWFUL). Other than that, she's been healthy and only costs about $25-30 for her vet visit and shot update. Capone hasn't had any major medical issues, but starting last year, he requires medication for arthritis, which costs $67 a year. I buy his meds online at Pet Care Rx, which saves me about 30% off the price the vet charges me. So his total yearly medical costs are closer to $107 because of the meds.
Toys: I honestly don't buy a ton of cat toys. They adore this Da Bird cat toy, and I bought these Zanies mice years ago (when that set cost about $11) - they're still working on them. We also have the added bonus of finding random pink mice whenever we move the furniture ;) Speaking of furniture, I should probably include the cost of scratching posts here. Dottie is a scratching maniac, so we need one upstairs and down in order to keep her from harming the people furniture. One is from Natural Scratch and the other is the Top Cat Sisal Post. She loves both; Capone prefers the sisal one. Estimating high, let's say I've spent $150 on cats toys and scratchers - that's about $22/year over the past seven years.
Grooming supplies: I bought a grooming tool and nail clippers for about $10 each when I became a cat mama seven years ago, and haven't purchased anything additional since. $20 split over seven years is only $2.86 a year. I imagine this cost is higher for indoor/outdoor cats or cats who need baths.
Final stats: $234 food + $120 litter + $40 medical (Dottie) or $107 (Capone) + $22 toys + $3 grooming = $419 for Dottie and $486 for Capone
I'm shocked! $1,000 a year for two cats? I think it's just one of those things that kinda blends in with everyday purchases and I don't spend too much time contemplating - I really don't feel like I splurge on them except their food, but I guess I do!
Did this info graphic surprise you at all? If you have a cat, do you spend about what they estimate?
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